Bryce Petty is a gunslinger at coronary heart. The deep ball is his best weapon. And this weekend when the Chargers come to MetLife Stadium, Jets followers ought to count on to see a more healthy dose of down-field pictures from the 26-year-old quarterback in his second straight begin.
Filling in for the injured Josh McCown, Petty was largely restricted to brief and intermediate throws in Sunday’s loss to the Saints in New Orleans. He solely tried 5 throws longer than 20 yards, and one was a desperation heave on the ultimate play of the sport.
Offensive coordinator John Morton admitted he may have known as extra deep passes to raised make the most of Petty’s skillset.
“There have been a few probabilities we may have had, but it surely simply did not go that manner,” Morton mentioned Thursday in Florham Park. “I most likely have to have a pair extra alternatives to see if we will make a play down the sphere. There is no doubt about that.”
Petty was a deep-ball drive throughout his two years beginning at Baylor. He completed each seasons top-five within the nation in yards per try. As a junior, he averaged 10.four yards per try, trailing solely Jameis Winston.
The previous fourth-round decide has proven comparable promise throwing down the sphere in his prolonged preseason motion and minimal regular-season enjoying time the previous two seasons with the Jets. And Sunday in New Orleans, he showcased a few of that capability when given an opportunity.
Within the third quarter, he floated an ideal move down the sideline to operating again Elijah McGuire for a acquire of 38. And within the fourth quarter, he attached with rookie Chad Hansen for a 24-yard acquire on a back-shoulder throw.
“Protection dictates typically that you would be able to’t throw down there,” Todd Bowles mentioned of deep throws. “However we all the time have them dialed up.”
This weekend’s recreation towards the Chargers presents a singular problem, if Morton does attempt to be extra aggressive together with his passing assault. Los Angeles options among the best edge-rushing tandems in all of soccer in Joey Bosa (11.5 sacks) and Melvin Ingram (10 sacks), and the 2 may make it troublesome to create sufficient time for Petty to air the ball out.
“It does not all the time need to be a deep drop to get the ball down the sphere,” Morton mentioned. “However positively these two guys on the surface, they’re actually good, and we’ve to verify we at the least comprise them for just a little bit so we will get the ball off.”
“They’re two of the perfect within the recreation,” Bowles added. “We have got our work lower out for us.”
The important thing for Petty this Sunday will probably be enhancing his footwork, which he criticized after the loss. Petty performed completely within the shotgun in faculty, and he felt himself resorting again to some previous habits on the Superdome this previous weekend. That led to a bunch of inaccurate throws – some excessive and a few low. He accomplished lower than 50 % of his passes.
This week, Petty has centered on correcting these footwork errors, working with quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates.
Bowles thinks Petty has seemed extra comfy in observe.
“Simply extra endurance within the issues that he’s doing,” Bowles mentioned. “You need that to hold over on Sunday.”
Morton was impressed with how Petty dealt with the hostile atmosphere in New Orleans and mentioned his “decision-making was good.”
“He was on it,” Morton mentioned. “He simply missed a few throws, that is all.”
Matt Forte additionally thought Petty carried out nicely mentally. The veteran operating again mentioned he solely needed to remind Petty of “one small factor” over the course of the sport.
“We additionally simplify it for him. He is acquired a wristband, which helps him out to get the play out quicker, which I believe is sweet,” Forte mentioned.”He is finding out, and I believe he is persevering with to develop. The extra expertise that Bryce will get beneath the middle and within the gun, I believe he will continue to grow and preserve enhancing.”