New York Jets Quarterbacks – By The Numbers

Joe Caporoso takes a closer look at some of the numbers around the New York Jets three quarterbacks

The New York Jets have three contenders to be their starting quarterback in 2017: Josh McCown, Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty. Let’s take a closer look at key numbers and measurables for all three heading into training camp, along with take a guess at their ceiling and floor…

Josh McCown 

Age: 38

Height/Weight: 6’4, 212 pounds

Career Stats: 60 starts, 18-42 record (2-20 in last 22 games), 59.1 completion percentage, 79 TDs, 69 INTs, 6.7 YPA, QB Rating: 78.2, 70 career fumbles

Best Season: 2013 for the Chicago Bears where he started 5 games and played in 8, finishing with 13 touchdowns to 1 interception and a 8.2 YPA throwing to Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte.

Ceiling: A 75% approximation of 2015 Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Floor: 2016 Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Strengths: Will attack down the field and play aggressive. Can handle setting NFL protections and running a huddle.

Weaknesses: Ability to protect the football, read a defense consistently and avoid unnecessary risks. Lacks zip in the intermediate passing game.

Christian Hackenberg 

Age: 22

Height/Weight: 6’4, 228 pounds

2016 NFL Preseason Stats: 17/47 (36.2 completion percentage), 1 TD, 2 INTs, 3.4 YPA, 35.7 QB Rating

Penn State Statistics: 38 starts, 56.1 completion percentage, 48 TDs, 31 INTs, 6.5 YPA

Best Season: 2013 for Penn State, where he started 12 games, finishing with 20 TDs, 10 INTs, a 58.9 completion percentage and a 7.5 YPA

Player Profiler Comparison: Blaine Gabbert

Strengths: Arm. Size. Deep ball potential.

Weaknesses: Handing pressure, reading defenses, accuracy, footwork.

Ceiling: Poor Man’s Jay Cutler

Floor: Poor Man’s Rex Grossman

Bryce Petty

Age: 26

Height/Weight: 6’3, 229 pounds

2016 NFL Stats: 4 starts (1-3), 3 TDs, 7 INTs, 56.4 completion percentage, 6.1 YPA

Baylor Statistics: 37 starts, 62.7 completion percentage, 62 TDs, 10 INTs, 9.7 YPA

Player Profiler Comparison: Kevin Hogan

Strengths: Size, arm strength in intermediate passing game

Weaknesses: Setting protections, accuracy, too much air under deep balls

Ceiling: Poor Man’s Patrick Ramsey

Floor: Poor Man’s EJ Manuel

“The NY Jets are underdogs for sure this 2017 season. Although the question that needed to be answered was the Quarterback spot, it still doesn’t look like a team that can be favored this year. As of now, they are at +8000 in the sports betting odds to win Super Bowl LII, still a bit better than other teams, but not good enough to make a safe bet on it. We’ll have to see how the team is doing after the first weeks of playing to get an idea of where the team is going this season. For now, I wouldn’t put my money on the team. But who knows, we might see a surprise when we least expect it.” says David Strauss, line manager at

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports