Florham Park, NJ - With the loss of Smith, the Jets are now left with only one established quarterback on their roster in Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick who has been named the starter threw for 17 touchdowns last year including a memorable six in one game against the Tennessee Titans.
There have been reports that the Jets have expressed interest in adding 12-year NFL veteran Rex Grossman to their current stable of quarterbacks.
Grossman, spent part of training camp last year with the Cleveland Browns but was released on August 31st of last year. He has not thrown a pass in an NFL regular season game since he was a member of the Redskins in 2011 and according to Rand Getlin of the NFL Network, Grossman is dealing with an injury and will need “a few weeks to get ready.”
Head coach Todd Bowles said he and general manager Mike Maccagnan will discuss signing another quarterback.
“We’re going to discuss that,” Bowles said of adding a quarterback. “[We’re going to] see what’s out there, weigh out our options.”
The options available to the Jets among the current free-agent quarterbacks aren’t great.
There are the aforementioned Grossman and Thigpen, Matt Flynn who was recently released by the New England Patriots, Jason Campbell, who reportedly is leaning towards retirement and Michael Vick who spent last year with the Jets.
However, a reunion with Vick is not a possibility that is being strongly considered according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network.
For now, Petty is the Jets backup quarterback and Bowles says that the extra reps in practice and playing time in the preseason that come with being the backup quarterback will be key in determining whether or not he is suited for the job.
“Right now he’s got to get playing time. Without having a number two, he’s number two,” Bowles said. “Sometimes its trial under fire so until we see what’s out there and make a decision, he’s number two.”
In the event, the Jets do not add a quarterback, Bowles said while he is not pleased with the events that put the Jets in this precarious position, he is he is confident that Fitzpatrick and Petty will be able to step in and play well.
“I’ve been fine with Ryan and Bryce all along,” Bowles said. “I’m pissed off that this kind of thing happened. You don’t condone any man hitting another man regardless of person or who it is or a sport or whatever the case may be, but I’m confident in those two quarterbacks playing well.”