Bryce Petty says he is healthy and ready to go for offseason practices according to Andy Vasquez.
Physically, Petty says he'll be "full-go" for OTAs next week, after December surgery to repair the torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. And mentally, he knows how important this season is to his future.
In case you didn’t recall, Petty suffered a shoulder injury in the Week 16 loss to the Patriots that forced him to miss the rest of that game and the Week 17 win over the Bills.
Christian Hackenberg was one of the big winners of the offseason for the Jets. The team did not draft a quarterback, creating a clear opening to compete for the starting job.
Petty, on the other hand, seems like one of the big losers of the offseason. The signing of Josh McCown likely blocks his path to the starting job. If the Jets had faith in Petty’s ability to hold the fort in the event Hackenberg isn’t ready, it is difficult to imagine them signing McCown.
The Jets are saying it is an open competition at the quarterback position, but there are only so many reps to go around. It is tough to spread those camp reps to more than two quarterbacks, and McCown and Hackenberg appear to be those two.
Winning the job isn’t totally impossible for Petty, but it might take something dramatic such as an injury or Petty playing head and shoulders above the competition. Even that might not be enough.