With the majority of the New York Jets roster set, barring any surprise signings and cuts, AJ Sicignano is going to break down two position groups per week and see where they stand in the AFC East and among the rest of the conference.
Kicking off this series is the quarterbacks. Be on the lookout for running backs on Thursday
Note: Regarding AFC Conference ranks, I have broken the 16 teams in the AFC into three tiers. The first tier being the top units in the conference, second tier being average and the third tier being among the worst in the conference and rookies.
Quarterbacks – Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bryce Petty, Jake Heaps.
In what seems to be a never ending search for the next franchise QB, the team enters the year in almost the exact same scenario they were in last year. They are going into training camp with Geno Smith as the projected starter and a veteran backup behind him should Geno flop.
Hoping Geno takes the next step in his progression as an NFL QB is the ideal situation but he’s given the fans plenty of doubt after his first two years in the league. With the switch to what should be a much friendlier offensive system under new OC Chan Gailey and the addition of WR Brandon Marshall there are glimmers of hope for Geno to turn his career around.
If the staff is forced to pull Geno at any point in the season they will hand the ball to Ryan Fitzpatrick, who may be a better option regardless. He’s always been an erratic, wildcard type player throughout his entire career but he’s also seen his most success under Chan Gailey during their time together in Buffalo. Fitzpatrick was having himself a pretty decent season statistically (17 touchdowns, 8 interceptions and a completion percentage of 63%) last year until a broken leg ended his season.
The Jets also roster two rookie QBs as of right now. Fourth round draft pick out of Baylor, Bryce Petty and UDFA Jake Heaps. Other than the preseason action they’ll see in the upcoming months neither should see any time in the regular season.
AFC East Rank: 3rd (ahead of Buffalo)
AFC Rank: Third Tier
Question: Who would you rank ahead/behind the Jets at quarterback in the AFC East?