In two starts since taking over for the injured Josh McCown, Bryce Petty has underwhelmed for the Jets.
Many are hoping to see what Christian Hackenberg might bring to the field, but the Jets are sticking with Petty for their season finale against the Patriots this Sunday. Head coach Todd Bowles says he's seen progress since Petty's first start against the Saints.
"Again, just the confidence," Bowles said. "It hasn't showed in the results and he still rushed some throws here or there, but the confidence of understanding where to go and commanding the offense. That part we've seen. (He) still has to execute all the plays though."
After completing 19 of 39 (49 percent) passes against the Saints, Petty followed up with 15 of 28 (54 percent) against the Chargers. Is it alarming that Petty's completion percentage didn't improve much?
"No, not at this time," Bowles said. "It's going to take a minute for him. He'll be fine. This will be his third week in. He should be fine."
Bowles also said "we'll see" if the only scenario in which Hackenberg plays is an injury to Petty.
On the defensive side of the ball, Bowles has been impressed with rookies Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.
"Marcus has played extremely well in the back end," Bowles said. "Obviously with rookie safeties, experience teaches you to be more vocal. That's the biggest thing they'll get in the offseason, learning each other and being more vocal with the scheme as far as talking to each other. Jamal is the same thing. He's down in the box more, but they're making their plays at their position."
Bowles expects more improvement from the pair in 2018.
"But as you get experience, you have to be more vocal as far as yelling things out and that type of deal, but they get it as they go and they've gotten it every week," Bowles said. "From that standpoint, I think both of them will get better in year two. That's been the biggest thing that they need to get better at."
Of course, Bowles isn't immune to assessment. Once the season ends, he'll take an honest look back at his own performance as coach and see where he can improve.
"After the season's over, you don't look at it clearly during the season, you can take a step back after a couple days of rest and everything," Bowles said. "You start trying to see where you can better at and I think that's where I start picking things apart. I can't say I can do that right now, but as the offseason goes you start to see things that you can get better at, you could've done as you watch film and make decisions and see things that are done that you can do better."