New York Jets: Bryce Petty Proves He's More Than Just A Career Backup 2
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 12: Bryce Petty #9 of the New York Jets celebrates a pass during warmups before the preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium on August 12, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Perhaps the New York Jets should look at another option at quarterback. Not the veteran, not the prodigy, but Bryce Petty.

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I’ve been saying for months that New York Jets backup quarterback Bryce Petty will never be anything more than that. After his performance in the third preseason game against the New York Giants, however, I’m starting to lean a little bit in a new direction.

Again I’ll cue the meme here:

The Jets have a tough decision. Do you go with the old man at quarterback? Do you go with the prodigy child who you gave every opportunity to take the job and he flopped? Or do you go with the little engine that could in Bryce Petty?

While his final stats were impressive, you have to take it with a grain of salt. Petty put up these monster numbers (250 yards and three touchdowns with no picks), against the Giants‘ backups.

Inevitably, this is going to be a disaster all season long. Josh McCown has been named the starter, but he’s had less than 10 snaps in the preseason. Now you’re going to throw his rusty ass behind center Week 1 on the road in Buffalo? Not ideal to say the least.

Are you going to throw Christian Hackenberg into the flames and basically embrace the tank narrative? Because that would be exactly what you’d be doing if you went to Hack. How can you rationalize starting a guy who threw two picks and had basically a 50 percent completion percentage?

Here’s the thing. I don’t think Petty is as good as he showed against the Giants. Although I don’t think he’s as bad as he’s shown during the regular season. He’s somewhere in between that creamy center.

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Ultimately, it’s not going to make that big of a difference. Despite me being higher on Petty than I’ve been in the past, he’s likely not going to do enough to sway the Jets’ front office from drafting a quarterback next year.

But mark me as a #TeamPetty guy. I’m now intrigued enough to see what he can do this season. Although it seems like everyone will have their piece of the pie over the 17 weeks of the NFL season.

There was a scare that Petty could be done for the season after the injury he sustained in the MetLife Bowl, but per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it was just an MCL sprain, which means he could be ready for Week 1 of the season.

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Paul A. Esden, Jr.

People call me Boy Green for my unwavering dedication to all things New York Jets. I work at The Score 1260 in Syracuse and I’m extremely passionate about sports. I aspire to continue my rise through the business and hopefully I’ll end up working for the New York Jets in some capacity.