Everyone is dissecting Bryce Petty’s place in the Jets’ quarterback pecking order … everyone except Bryce Petty. “I can’t,” Petty said this week. “I think I was doing that in the beginning of camp. At the same time, that’s way above my pay grade. What I do know is if I do worry about it, it’s going to affect what I do [in practice]. I just have to roll with the punches and prepare and prepare and prepare.” Petty and the Jets take the field Friday night at FedEx Field against the Redskins in their second game of the preseason. The microscope will be on Petty, who had some good moments in the Jets’ win over the Jaguars last week and has shown improvement in training camp practices. Has he shown enough to challenge Geno Smith for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart? Not yet, but if he keeps progressing, the Jets might have some options when cutdown day arrives in two weeks. The burning question when it comes to the Jets’ 53-man roster is: How many quarterbacks will they keep? General manager Mike Maccagnan has said the Jets could go the unorthodox route of keeping all four quarterbacks. While the move would limit other areas of the roster, the logic makes sense. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Smith are about 2016, while Petty and Christian Hackenberg represent the future because both Fitzpatrick and Smith will be free agents after this season. If the Jets decide to cut one of the quarterbacks, Petty was viewed as the most likely to be gone after the team took Hackenberg in the second round of the draft. But his recent play has some wondering if the Jets could see enough to trust him as the No. 2 this year and jettison Smith. Coach Todd Bowles has said Smith still is the clear No. 2 behind Fitzpatrick, but Petty has gotten a noticeable bump in reps this week and has at times worked as the second quarterback in team drills. Bowles would not say how the quarterback reps will be divided against the Redskins, but it could be a window into what the coaches are thinking.
Bryce Petty’s stepping it up: Is it enough to overtake Geno Smith?
New York Post | Aug 19