NEW YORK JETS Checking In on the Quarterback Competition

Ethan GreenbergNYJets.com Contributor

 

 

The quarterback competition is officially under way. Through four practices, two of which were padded, all three QBs have shown a good grasp of offensive coordinator John Morton’s system.

“We’re learning a lot as we put the pads on. It’s a lot of give and take,” said Josh McCown. “I think the best thing is the energy has been great with the guys, and it’s a fun team environment. It’s fun on both sides of the ball. Guys are really getting after it, and more than anything, I think pushing one another to get the best out of each other and that’s been just encouraging and fun to be a part of.”

McCown, the seasoned veteran of the group, has been taking first-team reps while second-year gunslingerChristian Hackenberg has been with the second team. However, head coach Todd Bowles said the playing time for all three QBs would “work itself out.”

After a pro redshirt season in 2016, Hackenberg has looked more comfortable in the pocket as he continues to show progress with his decision-making and accuracy.

“I mean I feel great,” the Penn State product said. “I understand the stuff that I worked on and I’m seeing results. I understand it’s a progression. There’s going to be ups, there’s going to be downs. I’m just trying to stay in a constant wave and stay in that zone to be able to bounce back. I think that’s been good. Not just physically in terms of going into this season from a growth standpoint, but also mentally preparing yourself and finding out ways to stay steady.”

Don’t forget about third-year signal caller Bryce Petty, who started four games in the second half of last season. Petty has recovered nicely from torn labrum surgery in his non-throwing shoulder. His main focus has been making each rep count and progress with every play.

“I’ve kind of thought that the last couple of years,” he said regarding a lack of practice reps. “Then in preseason, everything works out. That’s where you get your chance to play and show. That’s the thing that I’m trying to do every time I get out there in a game, to execute every play. From the call in the huddle to the pre-snap, the post-snap. Everything. Because that’s what’s going to show up in the preseason.”