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Crashing And Burning: Who’s Going To Be The Jets QB In 2017?

Remember when the New York Jets spent all offseason stubbornly fighting with Ryan Fitzpatrick about how much he was worth? Well, that was the high point of the Jets’ season when it comes to quarterbacks. After Fitzpatrick sucked, Geno Smith got the start. Once Smith got hurt, Fitzpatrick got the start again. After Fitzpatrick sucked again, Bryce Petty got the starting job.

Needless to say, the Jets QB situation has been abysmal at best. But who exactly will be leading this team forward next year?

Petty is a small +200 favorite to land the starting job next year according to Bovada. The Jets coaching staff has already said they are going to start Petty for the remainder of the season and this tryout will go a long way to the second-year player’s future with the team. Petty is young enough to potentially groom, but the early results have not been great.

Somehow, Smith is second on the board at +300. Yes, the player who has a career touchdown-to-interception ratio of 20-to-36. The same player who literally got his jaw smashed to pieces by his own teammate in a locker-room exchange. 

Maybe the most interesting player of all is Christian Hackenberg (+350). The rookie has not taken a single snap during the regular season, but the Jets organization must have seen something in him by drafting him 51st overall this past draft. Coach Todd Bowles has continued to insist Hackenberg won’t see any game time this season, which is probably fair considering he has had limited reps with four quarterbacks on the roster.

The bearded, interception machine Fitzpatrick opens at the long shot of +500. Fitzpatrick has been an abomination when on the field this season, as he has completed just 57 percent of his passes while throwing for 10 touchdowns compared with 14 picks. We can all remember the horror show that was his six-interception game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

None of these guys sound appealing? You can get “any other quarterback” at +200. This seems like a good play, in all honesty, because if the coaching staff is back, still a big “if,” they will need to win in 2017 to save their jobs. This likely means trading for a veteran (Tony Romo, anyone?) to try to stabilize the QB situation.

Which player will start at QB for the New York Jets in game 1 of the 2017 NFL season?

Odds as of December 16 at Bovada

  • Bryce Petty +200
  • Geno Smith +300
  • Christian Hackenberg +350
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick +500
  • Any Other QB +200