Here’s the deal: This entire 53-man roster was constructed with the mindset that Maccagnan and the Jets will keep four quarterbacks.
Is it tough to do? Yes. There’s no question about it.
Keeping four quarterbacks means one less roster spot for the rest of the squad. While on the surface it doesn’t seem like a biggie, it, indeed, is. Not only does depth need to be considered on both sides of the ball, but strict special teamers need to be accounted for as well.
Still, the feeling here is Maccagnan won’t be able to part with his fourth-rounder of a project from Baylor. He’ll keep Bryce Petty as camp breaks and stay stubborn for at least the first week of the regular season.
Many things can (and most likely will) immediately change shortly thereafter.
Then, and only then, is when Maccagnan will rethink his four quarterback strategy. Remember: 46 players are dressed with seven inactives. Both Petty and Christian Hackenberg can fit snugly on the sideline in street clothes until severe injuries hit the entire landscape of the personnel.
And yes, Ryan Fitzpatrick will be signed during the first week of training camp. And yes, Geno Smith will be his backup.