Tonight’s game between the Jets and Dolphins certainly falls short of any threshold necessary for primetime television. That said, for Jets fans, is there anything to get excited about with Bryce Petty? What does he need to show over the final three games to enter 2017 as part of the conversation for quarterback of the future?
Petty was a 4th round pick who didn’t play last season; his first start came in New York’s 10th game this season, and he will likely that he’ll finish the year with five starts.
Since 1990, here are the quarterbacks who were drafted in the 3rd round or later, didn’t start in the first half of their rookie season, but started at least 3 games in the second half of that season. Petty wouldn’t meet this definition, but I wanted to run the numbers for context:
Okay, not exactly a promising group there. What about players more like Petty — 3rd round or later, didn’t start a game in their rookie year, then didn’t start again until the second half of the season of their second season, and started at least 3 games?
A couple of promising names there, perhaps, with Brooks (at least to me) sticking out as the most promising case. Over the second half of the ’00 season, Brooks ranked 8th in AY/A. As for Petty? He hardly has shown much yet: he currently ranks last in Adjusted Yards per Attempt over the second half of the year. But if he has any chance of throwing his hat into the 2017 ring, it starts tonight.