Chances are, the Jets will bring a veteran quarterback onto the roster for the 2017 season. What remains to be seen will be if that veteran is brought in to be the starter or as a tutor to the two young quarterbacks on the roster.
Petty and Hackenberg may get the opportunity to be the starting quarterback for the Jets to start next season. The Jets should use next season to evaluate the abilities and potential of the two young quarterbacks.
If the team believes neither Petty or Hackenberg has the potential to be a 10-plus year franchise quarterback, Gang Green can finally spend a first round pick on a franchise quarterback – something they haven’t done since drafting Mark Sanchez in 2009.
The Jets should set their sights on Wyoming’s Josh Allen. Allen is raw, but at 6-foot-6, he has the ideal size and arm strength that will wow scouts during the college season in 2017. One more year in school will allow him to hone his skills and allow the Jets to evaluate the two young quarterbacks already on the roster.
The Jets should pass on drafting Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer and Mitch Trubisky. Each are very good quarterbacks, and each could be serviceable QBs in the NFL. The Jets need to hit a home run on their next quarterback selection, something they haven’t done since Joe Namath.
Let the quarterback camp begin – and who knows, Petty or Hackenberg may be the next Matt Ryan, who after nine years is getting his first shot at a Super Bowl.