When asked why he made the decision, coach Todd Bowles explained that he’s doing it because Fitzpatrick is healthy again. Many Jets fans are probably groaning at this since Fitzpatrick is likely not in the picture for 2017 while Petty could be a useful piece for the future.
Petty had flashes of brilliance against the Rams in Week 10, including a 52-yard bomb to Robby Anderson. Ultimately, however, the Rams D ramped things up as the game went along and the game turned into a low-scoring affair for both sides. Case Keenum wound up losing his job to Jared Goff after that game and Petty has lost his grip on the starting role.
Recently, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan claimed that he has “no regrets” about re-signing Fitzpatrick, but we have our doubts given his major struggles this season. The Jets could theoretically keep Fitzpatrick around, but it’s much more likely that they’ll cut him loose and absorb a $5MM cap charge in 2017 as a result.
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