Jets pass on quarterbacks in the draft, plan a three-man competition

AP

The Jets didn’t draft a quarterback, passing up perhaps their biggest need and signaling that they’ll go into the 2017 season with the guys they have.

Those guys — Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg — will all get an opportunity to compete for the starting job. Jets coach Todd Bowles said after the draft that the quarterbacks’ performance in minicamps and Organized Team Activities will determine what the depth chart looks like at the start of training camp, and all three quarterbacks will get plenty of reps with the first-string offense.

That will determine itself in OTAs and the spring, going forward, how we line up in the summer,” Bowles said, via ESPN.

Hackenberg was a second-round pick last year who never got on the field in the regular season, Petty was a fourth-round pick two years ago who hasn’t shown much, and McCown is a veteran who is probably the favorite to start because he’s the only one of the three who has ever shown himself capable of being an NFL starter.

It’s not an exciting group of quarterbacks for Jets fans, but after the draft, it appears to be the group of quarterbacks the Jets will have in the 2017 season.

50 responses to “Jets pass on quarterbacks in the draft, plan a three-man competition

  1. The Jets are clearly tanking for next year’s excellent crop of QBs. They’ve done so little to improve an already awful team (except adding Jamal Adams who I believe will be a star). The Jets will battle the Bears & Browns for worst team in the NFL but they’re probably the clubhouse leader right now for the #1 pick in the 2018 draft. Nobody intentionally signs Josh McCown to be their starting QB unless they’re incredibly stupid or purposely tanking. Either way it’s going to be awful year for the J-E-T-S.

  2. I like Petty most out of the three but I think Hackenberg has the best upside.
    I went to a Bucs game when McCown was there and he was making bad reads and missing wide open guys left and right. I can’t believe he’s been in the league so long.

  3. The Jets and Niners are probably the 2 least-talented teams in the NFL right now (I’m a Jets fan).

    It’s more than probable that our QB of the future will come in next year’s draft. It’s supposed to be a pretty good QB class, so quite frankly, I really hope we are drafting #1. These 3 quarterbacks have an excellent chance of making that happen 😦

  4. I am a Jets fan…I personally want to see Hack win the Qb job to see what he can do..i know the jets are gonna be bad we are rebuilding.. We should have a top 3 pick next year and the qb class next year is great..so we should get the qb we want next year..im hoping its the qb coming out of USC i heard alot of good things about this qb and he sounds like he is our guy..but give hack his chance only qb on the roster that we haven’t seen play yet..but i do like petty too i think he fixes acouple things he could do some good things for the jets but we still need to fix the OL.. it starts there..Gotta have a OL..

  5. Trubisky going to the Bears is the best thing that has happened to the Jets since Bill Parcells. The Jets and the Browns were saved from themselves. The first 2018 Mock I read already had Darnold going #1 to the Jets. Jets fans should hope so. He looked like an NFL QB as a red-shirt freshman.

  6. They had so much confidence in two of these guys last year that they did not resign the guy that beat them both out. How do you think these guys are not good enough to start over Fitzpatrick, then decide Fitzpatrick is not worth signing leaving you with these guys as your option? Makes no sense. McCown will once again have a starting job.

  7. how do we know that Hackenberg isn’t the answer since they drafted him in the 2nd rd last year? Thats a pretty high round for a guy who’s only been in the league for 1 season to be already thinking of the next QB drafted.

  8. If you have three QBs competing for the starting position you don’t have a starting QB. I feel sorry for Bowles. He has been dealt a loser’s hand.

  9. Hack is gonna win it. McCown is an athlete who can throw well but he is damn near 50 years old. Petty can’t throw it well enough with regularity

  10. Anybody they put in back of this offensive line is going to get killed. With this o-line they will all play eventually.

  11. Its smart strategy really. They have been working on other parts of the team first. Given how the Jets problems went well beyond the qb position its sensible to get a better core team in place as the first step before going for your guy to lead it.

    History is filled with failed QBs that might have been great if they had not started their careers by getting crushed in no win situations.

    And in the meantime if one of these guys proves all the theories wrong thats just a bonus, might as well use this time being sure of whats there before moving on any of it.

  12. Jets fans: it now seems universally accepted that this season will be a tanker, and the last for Bowles.

    C’mon over, join the dark side, and root for the Patriots this year. Yes, it will hurt, it will seem wrong deep down inside, but imagine how much better your Sundays (and Mondays…and Tuesdays…and…) will feel.

  13. BigBagOfMoney says:
    May 2, 2017 8:09 AM
    Its smart strategy really. They have been working on other parts of the team first. Given how the Jets problems went well beyond the qb position its sensible to get a better core team in place as the first step before going for your guy to lead it.

    History is filled with failed QBs that might have been great if they had not started their careers by getting crushed in no win situations.
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    I certainly see where you are coming from with that post.

    Maybe it’s solid.

    I wonder though, if the rest of the “pieces” develop a loser’s mentality, and then forget how to play with any passion while they toil through 4-12 seasons waiting for the right QB?

    I dunno.

  14. Josh McCown will probably get the first 4 to 8 starts of the season, provided he stays healthy. If the team and McCown perform poorly, Then that’s probably the point where you can turn over the team to the young guys. Once you give the keys of the franchise over to Hackenberg and Petty. There’s no turning back. You sink or swim with them for the rest of the season. 2017 is really about getting an answer for 2018.

  15. phinsfankent says:
    May 2, 2017 8:41 AM
    The Rest of the AFC East chuckles…

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    I chuckle when I realize that the Jets have been more successful than the Dolphins over the past 20 years

  16. Off the wall idea, but since we know these two things:

    1) Jets are looking to trade DE Sheldon Richardson in the last year of his deal, reportedly for a mid-round pick, and found no takers during the draft.

    2) Packers were looking to trade QB Brett Hundley (and his two years of control remaining) for a return better than the 5th rounder they got him for, and were close to a deal during the draft, but will likely hang on to him.

    A straight up swap of these players (or slightly more compensation going to GB to offset the salary made by Richardson) would seem to address needs by the other team.

  17. It’s still puzzling why the Jets drafted Christian Hackenberg in the 2nd round last year, never gave him a single snap, and don’t seem too high on him this year?
    If, as one coach stated last year, that Hackenberg was so inaccurate that he couldn’t hit the ocean, then how did the Jets coaching/scouting staffs not know that? Very odd turn of events…

  18. phinsfankent says:
    May 2, 2017 8:41 AM
    The Rest of the AFC East chuckles…

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    The only AFC east team that could do any chuckling is the patriots…. Bills and that joke of a team with 10 fans in Miami have been just as miserable over the past decade. At least the Jets had some flashes of success.

  19. Yes, the Jets are planning a three man competition at QB. Moe, Larry, and Curley will compete this year and when they fail, Shemp, Joe DeRita, and Joe Besser will be brought in next year.
    The Jets are the best comedy show in town.

  20. The Jets are going to have fierce competition for whomever the top ranked qb’s are in next year’s draft. Cleveland has two #1’s and a boatload of ammo to move up, if they even have to. Same deal with San Fran. The Bills also have two #1’s. If they choose to revisit qb next year. Plus there’s no guarantee that someone like Darnold will even come out. The Jets are destined to be a 6 wins or less franchise next season. I wonder if the owner will stay the course with Bowles and Maccagnan. Usually 1 and 15 seasons warrant cleaning house. Unless you are coaxing a Saban or Gruden to coach the team. Woody Johnson should stay the course with this rebuild.

  21. I can tell you how this plays out… Hack takes over somewhere around mid-season and plays decent enough to tease the Jets into thinking he may be the future… then the following season he regresses and the Jets are looking for their QB of the future again. I’ve seen this story several times.

  22. These three should be fighting for the backup spot behind Jake Cutler and the chance to take over in two or three years.

  23. I don’t agree with much the Jets do but I’m with them on this one. Next year’s QB class looks far superior and I have a hunch time will frown on some of the selections made this year. Giving up multiple picks to secure Trubisky at #2? Mahomes in the top 10? Both those guys are going to be long-term projects at best.

  24. Longfellow Deeds says:
    May 2, 2017 8:28 AM
    Kaepernick will be starting there by week 8

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    I actually thought the Jets might be the team to bite the bullet on that. But they would have to decide one of their existing 3 has to go.

    I also dont think, even if given the chance, that Kaepernick is going bail anyone out of anything since IMHO his qb play is not up to it. It might be better for his worshipers if he never gets on a team because then they can cry about injustice rather than having any realities exposed if anyone sticks him back under center.

  25. tonyzendejas says:
    May 2, 2017 8:19 AM
    Jets fans: it now seems universally accepted that this season will be a tanker, and the last for Bowles.

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    It’s not really tanking if the coach and general manager are on the hot seat

  26. Everyone talking about tanking, I don’t think Bowles has a job next year if they’re picking top 5 in the 2018 draft. I doubt the GM and coach’s plan is to tank.

    Having said that…Bowles, once you’re fired, come back and run our Cardinals defense again please. Best D-Coordinator we’ve had in my lifetime.

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