QB Bryce Petty - Free Agent

6-3, 230Born: 5-31-1991College: BaylorDrafted: Round 4, pick 2015

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2017 Week 14 vs DEN (2 / 9 / 14 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)

Petty entered this game twiceˇonce in the second quarter and for the remainder of the game in third quarter. In the second quarter, McCown suffered a back injury and Petty played in relief. Later in the third quarter, Petty took over the injured McCown. Petty missed some easy throws, overshooting open receivers. It was his first game action of the year, so some rust was expected.

2017 Week 15 vs NO (19 / 39 / 179 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)

All things considered, Bryce Petty played well. He executed a conservative game plan by leaning on his rushing attack and making easy throws to his running backs and wide receivers. All of his reads were defined and the route concepts were fairly basic. New Orleans challenged him with third down pressure-and he handled it well by standing in and delivering the ball. Petty threw one interception, but it was a good throw that ricocheted off his receiver's body. Petty's two favorite targets were Robby Anderson and Elijah McGuire. Anderson, who saw a game-high 12 targets, locked horns with talented rookie corner, Marshon Lattimore. Petty gave Anderson opportunities to win-and the talented young receiver made plays. McGuire made two big plays, a 38-yard catch-and-run on a crossing route, and a 2-yard touchdown on a pylon route. While the big plays were encouraging, the game plan was very conservative. Petty played well enough to earn another start, but fans will want to see Christian Hackenburg at some point.

2017 Week 16 vs LAC (15 / 28 / 119 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 33 / 0 rush)

Today's performance proved that Petty isn't the long-term answer at quarterback. A combination of poor mechanics and bad throws spelled doom for a Jet offense that was highly productive on the ground (197 yards). Petty's footwork was poor, leading to overthrown balls and misguided passes. Petty had multiple chances to hit wide open receivers, but he airmailed easy throws. Granted, Petty was operating behind a makeshift offensive line, but he didn't step up in the pocket and throw the ball with confidence. Petty did take two big hits to his right arm and right hand, but remained in the game and played through pain. Petty was intercepted on a Hail Mary pass attempt right before halftime and didn't account for any touchdown passes. The rushing attack compiled nearly 200 yards, but Petty's poor play doomed his team, especially on third downs.

2017 Week 17 vs NE (19 / 36 / 232 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Another week, another poor performance from Petty. New York went 0-for-12 on third downs and was sacked for a safety as Petty's slow decision making led to missed opportunities. New York opted to rotate its offensive lineman throughout the game, giving New England defenders opportunities to tee-off on back-up caliber players. Petty did lose his favorite target, Robby Anderson to a concussion early-on, and opted to lock onto back-up tight end, Neal Sterling. Sterling, who was deployed as an intermediate option, ran wide open when New England deployed zone looks. A lot of completions to Sterling were easy pitch and catches. Petty enters 2018 on the final year of his rookie contract.

2016 Week 9 vs MIA (2 / 2 / 19 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Bryce Petty replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick for one series and orchestrated some very conservative play calls. Petty threw a screen pass to Bilal Powell for a 14-yard gain and a 4-yard out-route to Robby Anderson. Fitzpatrick returned to the game, wearing a knee brace, ending Petty's brief appearance.

2016 Week 10 vs LA (19 / 32 / 163 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Making his first career started, Petty played well in the first half, but regressed in the second half, leading to questions whether he should continue starting after the bye week. When operating out of the shotgun, Petty looked comfortable and poised; Petty would quickly get rid of the ball on short-to-intermediate routes and take deep shots in one-on-one situations. When asked to take snaps from under center, Petty looked uncomfortable and his footwork was a little sloppy. This was to be expected since Petty played in a spread offense at Baylor. At the college level, Petty displayed great deep ball accuracy and those skills were on full display in the first quarter when Petty and Robby Anderson hooked up on a perfectly executed deep fade route for a 52-yard gain. Anderson, who was matched-up in one-on-one coverage, ran deep down the left sideline, elevated and showed strong hands at the catch point to complete the play. Credit Petty for throwing a great ball and allowing Anderson to go get it. Outside of his big pass play to Anderson, Petty orchestrated a 99-yard touchdown drive that culminated with a 5-yard touchdown on a hook-and-later. On the scoring play, Petty, who operated out of the shotgun, threw a quick slant to Brandon Marshall. Marshall lateraled the ball backwards to Bilal Powell, who ran up the left sideline and into the end zone. In the second half, Petty was sloppy and failed to develop rhythm for the offense. Opportunities were there to make big plays, but Petty's targets were off-the-mark. On a 3rd-and-14 play, Petty had Anderson wide open deep down the right sideline, but the target was high and sailed out of bounds. Petty's decision making was slow, which led to him clutching onto the ball, double pumping, and showing just overall indecision. With six minutes remaining in the game, Petty had two opportunities to engineer game-winning drives, but he failed to generate any momentum. In fact, Petty was intercepted by Alec Ogletree to end the game. On the game-ending interception, Ogletree ripped the intended target away from Quincy Enunwa.

2016 Week 13 vs IND (11 / 25 / 135 / 1 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Midway through the third quarter, Bryce Petty replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick, but the results weren't much better. Facing a 34-3 deficit, Petty was tasked with completing easy throws against Indianapolis' zone coverage. However, Petty was a little erratic and was intercepted on his second pass attempt. Locked onto Robbie Anderson, who was running a deep post route, Petty threw into double coverage and was intercepted by Mike Adams. Adams returned the errant throw for 56 yards, setting up another Indianapolis touchdown on offense. Petty did bounce back and led the team on an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that culminated with a 40-yard touchdown to Anderson on a deep post route. Petty put nice touch on the ball, allowing to Anderson to adjust and gain some separation against Butler. Butler, however, fell down as he was making a play for the ball, allowing Anderson to run into the end zone. Petty was intercepted for the second time, late in the fourth quarter, as he was staring down Anderson on a sideline route. After the game, Todd Bowles named Petty the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season. The results may not be pretty, but the Jets need to enter the off-season knowing whether they need another quarterback. In the last four weeks, Petty has to (i) improve his footwork, (ii) speed up his decision making, and (iii) not stare down primary reads on pass plays. Petty showcased all of these flaws against Indianapolis, and needless to say, other teams will key in on these deficiencies.

2016 Week 14 vs SF (23 / 35 / 257 / 0 / 1 pass, 4 / 19 / 0 rush)

Bryce Petty made his first career road start in San Francisco. He completed a few big pass attempts, but overall, had trouble reading coverage and missed some easy completions. Petty was sacked six times, but the blame should be shared equally by Petty and New YorkÝs makeshift offensive line. When San Francisco deployed delayed blitzes, Petty failed to find the open receiver and took sacks. San Francisco also generated pressure with a four-man rush, which is inexcusable given their current allotment of personnel. At times, San Francisco baited Petty into making specific throws by playing corners 6-7 yards off the line of scrimmage. In the first quarter, Petty targeted Quincy Enunwa on a hitch route, but was intercepted by a fast charging Jimmy Ward. Ward, who read Petty's eyes the entire time, made the interception look easy. Despite some poor reads, Petty made two big throws to Robby Anderson to set-up both of Powell's touchdown runs. On both throws, Petty rolled out to his left, pivoted to set his feet and unleashed crisp, high balls that Anderson went up and caught. Anderson was clearly his most trusted target and did a nice job of making plays. Petty showed some toughness as a ball carrier, converting a 2-point conversion late in fourth quarter to cut the deficit to three points. The play call was reminiscent of his days at Baylor when Petty would take a shotgun snap, run off right tackle and dive into the end zone.

2016 Week 15 vs MIA (20 / 36 / 235 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Bryce Petty flashed his raw talent early on, but made some inexcusable mistakes that ultimately doomed his team. Petty gave the sparse, yet loyal Jet crowd some early hope as he hooked up with Robby Anderson for a 40-yard touchdown on the game's first possession. Pre-snap, Petty made the correct decision of audibling out of a designed run and throwing to Anderson, who was lined up against man coverage without safety help over the top. Anderson won at the line of scrimmage, enabling him to run free before breaking on a deep crossing route. Petty hit Anderson in stride and New York was on the scoreboard. Petty, however, was unable to build upon that early momentum as his next two drives ended in turnovers, both of which came at the hands of Cameron Wake. Wake strip-sacked Petty and then intercepted him on the following drive as he dropped into zone coverage. When he wasn't being harassed by Wake (and Miami's defensive front), Petty would keep his throws within ten yards of the line of scrimmage. When Petty tried to throw downfield, the results weren't pretty. In the second half, Petty targeted Anderson on a deep sideline route, but the ball was underthrown and intercepted by converted wide receiver, Tony Lippett. Overall, Bilal Powell was Petty's preferred target, catching eight passes in the first half. Brandon Marshall was a non-factor for the second straight week as he and Petty are clearly not on the same page. Targets are not the issue, rather their timing is off and Petty must do a better job of getting him involved early on. In the fourth quarter, Petty suffered a vicious, dual-hit by Cameron Wake and Ndamakong Suh that knocked him out of the game. He's undergoing chest x-rays and his status for next week is unknown at the moment.

2016 Week 16 vs NE (0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Disastrous would be a fitting word to describe Bryce Petty's performance against New England. Petty went 0-for-3 with an interception and two sacks in a quarter of action before suffering an injury to his non-throwing shoulder that ended his afternoon. Petty injured his shoulder by tackling a New England defender after Khiry Robinson fumbled his first touch of the season. Prior to the injury, Petty looked uncomfortable in the pocket. He once again failed to quickly go through his reads and was left holding onto the ball, succumbing to the on-coming pass rush. In addition to the pressure applied by New England's defensive front, Petty didn't look comfortable playing in the rain. In fact, Petty admitted to the CBS announce team that he's only played one game in poor weather conditions. Petty is unlikely to play in Week 17 and is not the long-term answer at quarterback.