It’s been a tumultuous season for the New York Jets to say the least. After a successful 10-6 campaign in 2015 where they came within one win of being a wild card team, the Jets are at an abysmal 3-7 and have all but eliminated themselves from playoff contention. With injuries to Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith, the Jets had no choice but to go with Bryce Petty, and he actually was impressive.
Petty was average on Sunday, passing for 163 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 19 completions. Normally, these statistics would be a far cry from a beacon of hope for any team, but for the Jets, Petty’s ability to be at least a competent quarterback bodes well as far as their plans go for the rest of the season.
The Jets are now in a position where they need to clean house, and the only way to do so is to play everyone to see who should stay on the roster and who should be let go. Petty is perhaps the most obvious player to look at, as New York needs to determine once and for all if he is the future of the team. Now is the time to see what he has, especially with big division games with Buffalo and New England approaching. If he proves that he’s up to the task, then the Jets have likely found a guy they can build a team around. If he flounders, they still have Geno Smith and Christian Hackenburg, but could possibly consider drafting a quarterback. Depending on where they fall, Clemson quarterback DaShaun Watson would represent a multi-dimensional talent that the Jets have never really had at their disposal.
The Jets got a glimpse of their potential future with Bryce Petty today, and there’s reason to be cautiously optimistic. I personally don’t think that Petty or Geno Smith are long-term solutions, but it’s imperative for the Jets to see what they have before they make a decision on whether to draft another quarterback come 2017.