New York Jets, Bryce Petty
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The purge of the New York Jets quarterback room has begun, with former Baylor standout Bryce Petty getting his walking papers. Who’s next?

I can almost remember the jubilation from New York Jets fans when the team traded up in the 2015 NFL Draft to land their quarterback of the future in Bryce Petty. Well, that lasted about five seconds.

It actually was just another quarterback in a long list that the Jets were filtering through to find their next guy. Petty came from a gimmicky offense at Baylor and could never make the transition to a pro-style system.

On Thursday, the Jets made it official by releasing Petty and cutting their depth chart under center by one.


Petty had a really nice personality, but you have to have more than that to make it in this league. The efficacy he portrayed didn’t translate to the field in any regard.

He had a terrible completion percentage (53 percent), threw more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (four) and he had a piss poor 57.7 QBR. But on a personal level, he’s a wonderful person and handled everything with dignity. Hopefully, he’ll get a shot somewhere else.

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It was inevitable, though…

It’s true that you can never have too much talent, but having five quarterbacks on the roster was a bit of overkill.

Now on Gotham Island, there are four castaways remaining. Next week, we’ll find out who will be the next to get voted off the island and watch his torch get snuffed for the final time.

The final four: Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, Sam Darnold, and, of course, Christian Hackenberg.

While the Jets have been unorthodox the past couple of seasons as it pertains to their quarterback room, I see a scenario where the team only carries two passers into the season.

In theory, Darnold wins the starting gig. McCown is a wonderful teacher and mentor and he’s an insurance policy if something went horribly wrong. Hopefully, Bridgewater shows enough in the preseason and the Jets can sell him off to the highest bidder (insert quarterback-needy team here).

Spoiler alert: Hackenberg will hear his name called next week.

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