New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles has taken a wait-and-see approach to declaring a backup quarterback. He has been vague in recent weeks about his decision, even declaring a few days ago that every position is open. According to the Associated Press, he said Geno Smith is still the No. 2 man as of Wednesday.
There were some thoughts that, after a solid performance in the Jets’ last preseason game, former Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty might take the backup job from him. He went 16 for 26 for 242 yards and two touchdowns. For now, Bowles is sticking with the Jets’ second-round pick from 2013.
Smith was supposed to be New York’s starter for the future, but that plan was upset when his jaw was broken in a locker room fight during training camp last year. Ryan Fitzpatrick was originally brought in as a backup from the Buffalo Bills, but he ended up having a career year in 2015.
He threw 31 touchdowns and 15 interceptions while leading the Jets to a 10-6 record, their best since an AFC Championship game appearance in 2010.
Smith was looking to regain his starting spot, but his preseason performance so far will make it difficult for him to remain the Jets’ No. 2 quarterback.
In game one he went 8 for 14 for 79 yards with one touchdown and a 57 percent completion rate. His second outing was worse. He went 6 for 13 for 47 yards, one interception and a 46 percent completion rate. Smith hasn’t averaged more than 5.6 yards per attempt in either game.