Whether it’s posturing, or Christian Hackenberg actually has a chance to start for the Jets, we don’t know. But New York Jets coach Todd Bowles said Thursday at the NFL combine that both the ex-Penn State quarterback and Bryce Petty will have an opportunity to compete for the starting job this season.
Hackenberg dressed in just one game during the regular season and didn’t play a snap. He watched from the sidelines as Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith and Petty took turns under center because of other’s poor performance and injury. But of those three, only Petty remains on the roster.
Bowles said Hackenberg and Petty will have a chance to compete to be the starting QB #nyj
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) March 2, 2017
Petty is entering his third season with the Jets. He threw for 809 yards, 3 TDs and 7 INTs while completing 56 percent of his passes in 2016.
Fitzpatrick signed a one-year deal in 2016 after a strong 2015 with New York and got benched for the second half of the season, so he probably won’t be back. Smith is also a free agent.
The Jets have taken a quarterback in each of the last four years, including Smith (second round), Petty (fourth), Hackenberg (second) and ex-Clemson star Tahj Boyd (sixth).
NJ.com listed 16 quarterbacks who might start for the Jets in 2017. They range from veterans Tony Romo and Jay Cutler to Deshaun Watson and DeShone Kizer, two of the top quarterbacks available in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Land of 10’s latest mock draft has the Jets taking LSU RB Leonard Fournette with the No. 6 pick, then Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes in the second round.