Pro QB Almanac Sample, Bryce Petty
#9 Bryce Petty 6’3” 230 3rd Year, Baylor
Bryce Petty was a 4th round selection of the Jets in 2015. Petty did not see any game action as a rookie but made four starts in 2016 as he threw for 809 yards 3 touchdowns and 7 interceptions while completing 56% of his throws. His 2016 tape shows a quarterback who’s best attribute is throwing deep and getting rid of the ball quickly. Petty is a below average athlete and when forced to improvise his poise diminishes within the pocket. Look for Petty to give everything he has during Pre-Season play in order to secure a spot on the 53 man roster.
Petty is an able deep ball thrower who understands how to throw his receivers open down the field. He does an adequate job of making quick decisions post snap but the 2016 tape often showed a mix bag of him making the correct decisions with the football. Petty does not have great feet and often times he looks awkward while dropping back and lacks a smooth and crisp manner in doing so something that is a bi-product of playing in the Baylor spread system while in college. When his feet are not right he has a tendency to double clutch and panic in the pocket which gets him into trouble. Petty does have a fairly quick delivery and setup but at times becomes robotic and overly mechanical which can lead to bouts of inaccuracy. Lastly, Petty is not nuanced in terms of manipulating defenders with his eyes and has a tendency to lock onto his targets especially in the intermediate passing game.
Bryce Petty showed enough in 2016 to extend his NFL life as a backup quarterback. There are legitimate holes in his game however and his place on the Jets roster is not secure in 2017. The noise out of Jets land is that Petty is more comfortable than ever so look for Petty to try and maximize the month of August to perhaps challenge for the starting gig. That being said he is in a very precarious situation as his stock is one that will be evaluated very carefully and thoroughly throughout training camp. Our prediction is that Petty makes the Jets roster as the #3 quarterback.
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