Bryce Petty earned a negative grade versus Falcons

Steve Palazzolo explains why Jets fans shouldn't get too excited over rookie QB Bryce Petty's play on Friday night.

| 2 years ago
(AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

(AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Bryce Petty earned a negative grade versus Falcons

There was a lot of buzz about New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty after last night’s performance, and despite the good-looking stats (12-for-19, 168 yards, 109.1 passer rating), Petty still had more negatives than positives in his performance. He finished with a -3.4 grade.

The box score did not capture his two passes that should have been intercepted — one of which was a terrible decision to throw to a waiting cornerback at the end of the half — and it also didn’t capture his decision run out of bounds to take a sack rather than throwing the ball away.

There were some positives to his game, as he showed nice arm strength to zip passes into a couple of tight windows, and he laid out a pretty deep ball to Saalim Hakim for a 46-yard gain in the middle of the fourth.

But overall, there is still a lot of work to be done. His stats would certainly look different if Atlanta cornerbacks played the ball better and intercepted both of Petty’s ill-advised throws. Starter Ryan Fitzpatrick is still in no danger of losing his job.

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  • Trent

    He’s a guy that just needs to develop for a couple years. Not all QBs should be thrown into the fire immediately, especially when there are all these stop gap QBs to plug in and use for a year or 2 while they develop.

  • Douglass Pinkard

    A second consecutive week on how a fourth round project has played like a fourth round project feels a little like harping on the subject. Surely there was something positive to be said about somebody on the winning sqad of last night’s Jets/Falcons game? Or are we declaring the Falcons victorious after all the numbers have been sorted?

  • Joe Willie

    let the kid sit and learn the old fashioned way–let him earn it

  • EndZoneBlog

    He’ll get better with time.