New York Jets: Bryce Petty off to a good start in rookie camp


The New York Jets have started their rookie camp, and for nearly all of the players there, it’s a chance to improve.

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One of the biggest names at the Jets’ rookie camp is quarterback Bryce Petty. The Jets used their fourth-round pick on Petty, and while they don’t expect him to be the starter from day one, there is some hope for success in Petty’s future.

The biggest adjustment for Petty will be how he handles a NFL offense compared to the spread he ran at Baylor. It have only been one day, but Petty is off to a promising start. Petty showed off his accuracy and arm strength in seven-on-seven drills.

At Baylor, Petty ran a no-huddle offense a whopping 78% of the time, which helps quarterbacks thrive. The Jets threw Petty right into the water.  They had him taking snaps from under center to get his feet wet in their offense. Being under center isn’t a common thing either for Petty, as he took 97% of snaps from other formations.

“It’s a process,” Petty said to Brian Costello of the New York Post. “It’s one you have to take day by day. It’s a mountain I’m ready to climb, excited to climb. Being in a spread offense where things might have been a little more simplistic in college and then coming here and being able to play quarterback a little bit. Not that we didn’t at Baylor, but you get more on your plate here, which is what I love. You get to play the position. You just have to embrace every day.”

Petty has a ton to learn, but the physical tools are certainly there.

“He has all the intangibles, but that word is thrown around so much,” Todd Bowles said to Rich Cimini of after practice. “It’s sort of the new word for ‘potential.'”

“For him I don’t think it will be difficult,” Bowles said. “If you know Bryce, he’s a very engaging guy. He’s very smart. He’s very football smart. Repeating plays in the huddle shouldn’t be a problem for him.”

Petty will likely not be the starting quarterback at any time in 2015, but he could be a big part of the Jets’ long term plans. If Petty continues to learn the offense and is a willingly student, he could very well be the Jets’ starting quarterback in the near future.

It won’t be easy for Petty, but he seems to have the confidence of his coaches that he will learn how to be an NFL quarterback.

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