The Jets Four Quarterback Decision

The New York Jets have a plethora of options when it comes to the quarterback position. Whether it’s Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith, Bryce Petty, or Christian Hackenberg, the Jets have 53 spots on their roster, and a big decision to make. The Jets have to decide whether or not to keep four quarterbacks on the roster, Ryan Fitzpatrick is the obvious starter barring any injury. Geno Smith is currently slotted as the backup to Fitz. Behind him are Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, a sophomore and rookie respectively. If the Jets are willing to lack depth at a certain position group, then four quarterbacks are fine. The problem is, in a grueling NFL season, the best teams have great all around depth. In this case, the Jets need to find an identity. If they are still in win-now mode, then the Jets would probably cut either Geno Smith or Bryce Petty. Geno has failed at the NFL level before and could see himself on the free agent market before the season starts. While he seems to be the best second string quarterback option, he may get cut if the Jets want to meet in the middle of the spectrum when it comes to winning now or rebuilding. Petty, a Baylor grad, is the second option to get cut. If the Jets are in full win now mode, Petty looks like the odd man out. He is not a rookie anymore, and it looks as if he has not taken a huge step. His upside is not as high as Hackenberg’s, yet we really don’t know what Petty is at this point in time. In a situation where the Jets want to rebuild, Petty would stay, since it makes them more flexible at the most important position in football. Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan have a crucial decision to make, and it could determine big things for the Jets in the future.

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