Jets head coach Todd Bowles told reporters that he doesn’t “foresee any changes right now” at the quarterback position, meaning that Ryan Fitzpatrick will continue to start, according to Kimberley A. Martin of Newday (Twitter link).
Save for a solid performance in the New York’s only win (Week 2 against the Bills), Fizpatrick has played extremely poorly throughout the 2016 campaign. At the risk of piling on, Fitzpatrick ranks 31st in completion percentage, 32nd in QB rating, 30th in DVOA, 32nd in DYAR, and — unsurprisingly — 1st in interceptions. His 10 picks are tied for the eighth-most through four games since the merger in 1970, and no signal-caller has thrown as many interceptions through a quarter of the season since Daunte Culpepper in 2005.
Having said that, the Jets don’t have a plethora of other options to turn to, especially given that they’ve committed $12MM for one year of Fitzpatrick. Geno Smith has never shown the ability to be an above-average starter, while second-round pick Christian Hackenberg clearly isn’t ready to start. Bryce Petty, meanwhile, is still on the roster as New York carries four quarterbacks, but it’s not clear if he’s recovered from a preseason shoulder injury.
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