The New York Jets finished off the 2016 NFL season with a 30-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills to bring their final record to 5-11. In a season that failed to meet high expectations and saw a quarterback carouse between Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith and Bryce Petty, the likes of which Jet fans have become familiar with seeing, it might not be a bad idea to take a look at who will start the season under center for gang green next season.
- Bryce Petty
Assuming that the Jets don’t resign Fitzpatrick or Smith and don’t draft a quarterback, Petty could be the starting quarterback come next September. He threw for over 800 yards and three touchdowns in less than half of a season this year, and showed some solid ability to play the position at the pro level. Unfortunately, his offensive line did a terrible job of protecting him and an injury to Petty’s shoulder kept him out of today’s season finale.
- Jay Cutler
Jay Cutler will most likely not be back in Chicago after this season, and it would make a lot of sense for the Jets to sign him. Despite a lack of success throughout his career, Cutler still has one of the best arms in the league and has proven that he can win. Another plus would be his prior experience of playing with Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall in Chicago, and that familiarity to lead to better chemistry and better play. However, Cutler is prone to injuries, and his tendency to be fragile with a weak offensive line for the Jets would probably make him more of a liability than an asset.
- Tyrod Taylor
Taylor’s name has recently been floated out as a potential target for the Jets this past week, and with Taylor being benched in favor of backup EJ Emmanuel for the season finale at MetLife Stadium, that possibility has only grown. Taylor brings a dual-threat aspect to a team that the Jets really have never had, and he certainly has the talent to be one of the better quarterbacks in the league. He threw for over 3,000 yards this season with a touchdown to interception ration of 17 to six, and there’s no doubt that his benching in Buffalo would be enough motivation to play for another team in the same division and to show up his former team.
Although these three players would be sensical choices for the Jets, don’t be surprised to see them look to the draft for a quarterback. DaShaun Watson will be available, and the Jets have made it somewhat clear that they don’t believe Christian Hackenberg is an ready to start. Jay Cutler seems the most likely out of the three, but management has proven to be unpredictible in the past.