New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith might be safe after speculation that his roster spot was in jeopardy.
Smith will not dress for the Jets in their final preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday night. Second-year pro Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg will be the two quarterbacks dressed for Gang Green.
“We know what Geno is,” Bowles said Tuesday, according to Jetsinsider.com’s Chris Nimbley.
That quote might suggest that Smith’s roster spot and his status as the second-stringer is secure. Some speculated during the preseason that Petty was pushing Smith for the backup duties behind 33-year-old starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. That no longer seems to be the case.
In fact, the opposite may be true. The upstart Petty might be the one fighting for his roster spot in Philadelphia Thursday night. Petty has performed decently during the preseason, completing 28 of 50 passes for 394 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Petty rode the bench in what was essentially a “redshirt” rookie season. The former fourth-round pick out of Baylor is viewed as a developmental project, but has shown drastic strides compared to his performance last preseason.
If Petty has done nothing else, he’s forced the Jets to consider keeping four quarterbacks on the roster. Bowles didn’t rule out that possibility on Tuesday.
“All four are good football players,” Bowles said. “We can keep all four. It’s just a matter of battling with the other positions, so that’s still up for grabs. We’ll have to wait until after this game to see how that plays out.”
While keeping four quarterbacks will likely hamper the Jets at other positions, it’s an option they aren’t ruling out. Now it’s up to Petty to give the Jets reason to do so.