The Jets took their bye week to think about who would start at quarterback against the Patriots in Week 12 and their choice has turned out to be the same one they made for the first week of the regular season.
Jets coach Todd Bowles announced that Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the start against New England at MetLife Stadium. Bryce Petty started for the Jets in Week 10 while Fitzpatrick was sidelined by a knee injury, but
“He’s healthy. He’s been our starter,” Bowles said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “We can do more things with him. I don’t give away jobs.”
There have been no shortage of calls for the Jets to take an extended look at Petty to see if he can be part of the team’s future, but there was a report from Mehta last week that there were fears that going with Petty could cause other players on the team to check out. That would hurt the team’s chances of winning games that might guarantee Bowles another year on the job and may have played a role in the team’s choice to go back to the horse they’ve ridden for most of their seven losses this season.