Report: Bryce Petty to Be Released After Jets Pick Sam Darnold in 2018 NFL Draft

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 3, 2018

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 24: Quarterback Bryce Petty #9 of the New York Jets in action against the Los Angeles Chargers in an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on December 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)
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After presumably finding their quarterback of the future in Sam Darnold, the New York Jets are moving on from Bryce Petty.

Per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Petty is being released after three seasons with the Jets.

The Jets drafted Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick, the first quarterback they have selected in the first round since Mark Sanchez in 2009, as they look to solidify a position that has been a revolving door over the past few years.

In addition, Josh McCown re-signed with the Jets, and Teddy Bridgewater joined on a one-year deal, so Petty and Christian Hackenberg have become expendable.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network first reported the team would be interested in trading Petty, opening up to the idea after resisting last season.

Apparently unable to find a suitable trade partner, the Jets will give Petty a chance to find a new organization.

Petty was a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft after a productive career at Baylor, twice finishing in the top 10 of Heisman Trophy voting. However, his transition to the NFL has been challenging.

The 26-year-old didn't play his rookie year and has only made 10 appearances in three seasons. He has four touchdowns and 10 interceptions while completing just 53.1 percent of his passes. He also has a 1-6 record in seven career starts.

If he had enough passes to qualify last season, he would have finished last in the NFL with a 55.1 quarterback rating.

On the plus side, Petty has good size for the position at 6'3", 230 pounds, plus a strong arm and solid athleticism. The quarterback has a chance to get a fresh start and possibly reach his potential as a passer.

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