Bryce Petty watched the film from his first start in over a year, and the 26-year-old Jets quarterback emerged focused on the areas in which he needs to improve.
In a loss to the Saints on Sunday in New Orleans, Petty struggled primarily with his accuracy. He completed less than 50% of his passes and missed a slew of open targets, particularly on intermediate routes. Petty believes his inconsistency was the result of poor footwork. He views the requisite corrections as “all easy fixes” while he prepares for his second straight start this weekend at home against the Chargers.
“It’s a point of emphasis this week for me because I can make those throws,” Petty said of his footwork. “There’s not a throw I can’t make.”
To his credit, Petty appeared decisive with his throws Sunday — even if many of them sailed high or bounced short. He felt he made large strides in how he performed mentally as compared to last season, when he started three games December.
The noise at the Superdome in New Orleans added yet another dimension to the challenge for Petty on Sunday. The loss eliminated the Jets from playoff contention.
“We’ve made so many strides,” Petty said. “I knew exactly where I wanted to go with the ball and I’m seeing the field, seeing the coverage, and that’s very positive. It was loud, it was really loud, which was good because you conquered that mountain and now we’re onto others.”
Petty’s biggest strength is throwing the deep ball, but for whatever reason, offensive coordinator John Morton opted to limit the number shots downfield Sunday. Petty only truly went deep three times, and he completed two of those attempts — a 38-yard dime to Eli McGuire in the third quarter and a 24-yard back-shoulder connection with Chad Hansen in the fourth. The other deep shot was a desperation heave on the final play of the game, which was intercepted.
The Jets would be wise to utilize Petty’s most tantalizing attribute this weekend against Los Angeles.
Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws against the Saints.
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Bowles — who said he’s “not right now” considering playing Hackenberg in the final two games of 2017 — wants to see more “patience” from Petty.
“He knows where to go with the ball. He’s confident in going there,” Bowles said. “He just doesn’t need to be in such a hurry to do it. He just needs to relax and let it happen.”
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The Jets waived wide receiver and punt returner Jeremy Kerley on Monday.
Kerley returned from his four-game PED suspension last week, but the Jets used an exemption on him to delay a roster decision until this week. The exemption expired at 4 p.m. Monday. With Hansen emerging and JoJo Natson performing serviceably as the punt returner, the Jets had the depth to move on from Kerley.
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Defensive lineman Leonard Williams is in the concussion protocol, according to Bowles.
“He’s doing fine so far,” Bowles said. “So we’ll see how the week goes.”