Our Jets roster countdown now discusses Bryce Petty.
Name: Bryce Petty
Year with Jets: 3rd
Projected Role: Third quarterback
His 2016: Unable to unseat Geno Smith for the second quarterback job in preseason, Petty started the year as the number three quarterback for the Jets. Smith’s injury moved him into the backup role near the middle of the year. A Ryan Fitzpatrick injury led to his first career start, a less than stellar showin against the Rams. Once the Jets fell out of the Playoff race, Petty got a chance to start. Even though the Jets got arguably the worst starting quarterback play in the entire NFL from Fitzpatrick in 2016, Petty’s brief stint was arguably a downgrade. He averaged just over 6 yards per attempt and threw 7 interceptions in just 133 passes with only 3 touchdowns.
2017 will be a success if: Petty plays credible football when called upon. I think for an early fourth round pick, the goal is clear. Petty developing into an effective backup would make the pick a success. Anything less would make the pick a failure. The early returns were not good at all. It might be now or never. Petty might have been a project when the Jets drafted him, but time is running out. He is halfway through his rookie deal, 26 years old, and in his third NFL season. At some point you cease to be a project. You either can play or you cannot. I think we are nearing that point for Petty.
Odds of making the roster: Probable (75-99%)