The Jets are cutting quarterback Bryce Petty.
The Jets are cutting Bryce Petty, per source #NYJ— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) May 3, 2018
As expected, the #Jets have released backup QB Bryce Petty, per source.— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) May 3, 2018
The Jets traded up one spot to take Petty in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. After not throwing a pass in his rookie season, Petty got seven late season starts over the next two seasons. The results were ugly. The Jets went 1-6 in those starts as Petty completed just 53.1% of his passes, averaged 5.5 yards per attempt, and threw 4 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. Aside from a comeback win against the dismal 49ers in 2016, there were not many glimmers of hope.
At this point, it doesn’t feel like Petty has a ton of upside either. He turns 27 at the end of May. If he could not play at a functional level after three years of work, it probably won’t ever happen for him. After the selection of Sam Darnold, the Jets had five quarterbacks on their roster. Petty was an obvious casualty. Despite rumors of interest from other teams, it never felt likely the Jets would be able to work out a trade.
Now we wait to see whether Christian Hackenberg will follow him out the door.