Bryce Petty is expected to get his first career NFL start at quarterback Sunday.
On NFL GameDay Morning First, Rapoport reported that Jets players believe Petty will start Sunday. The 2015 fourth-round pick scrambled to keep a roster spot this preseason with the team already planning to keep three other quarterbacks. It’s unclear whether or not veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick will be active.
Per Rapoport: “All week, Fitzpatrick has been optimistic about his chances of playing against the Rams. But a source informed of the thinking of coach Todd Bowles says it’s a real decision based on how Fitzpatrick warms up. If there is any swelling or he’s not as mobile as he needs to be, Petty gets the start. But based on the week of practice, players believe it’ll be Petty under center.”
Fitzpatrick has been dealing with a knee sprain suffered last week in a loss to the Dolphins. He was listed as questionable on Friday and participated on a limited basis all week in practice.
Bowles said earlier this week that he did not have a quarterback controversy, though Fitzpatrick’s knee injury could provide an out should he want to see the 25-year-old quarterback in action against a talented Rams defense.
Bowles previously said this season that he would not bench Fitzpatrick before handing the baton to Geno Smith.
Should Petty start, his performance could go a long way toward deciding how the Jets will look at quarterback next season. At the moment, many expect the team to roll with Petty and second-round pick Christian Hackenberg in 2017.