- Marshall knows that Haden will be a tough match-up [NJAM]
- Fitzpatrick is "in a good place" heading into opener [ESPN New York]
- The pieces are in place for a run at a playoff spot [NY Post]
- Pettine remembers his time with the Jets [Jets Insider]
- Catapano delighted to be joining his childhood team [Metro]
Bent, theJetsBlog.com: It's a little disconcerting to hear Bryce Petty talk about his lack of preparedness just four days before he could theoretically been called upon to marshal the Jets in their season opener if Ryan Fitzpatrick gets hurt. However, it's worth noting that, by the sounds of it, he seems to be talking about the things he struggled with in the past tense.
It's interesting to compare Petty's development with that of the last NFL quarterback to come out of Baylor. Robert Griffin III was obviously a much more highly-regarded prospect than Petty is, but his struggles speak volumes. While they were able to tailor the offense to exploit his athletic gifts early on in his career, that's not sustainable long-term and as they've instead tried to develop him into a more cerebral, pro-style quarterback, this has exposed flaws in his game. It might, however, be a sustainable approach in the short-term.
Should the Jets require Petty to see action on Sunday - or at any point this season - I would hope that he's well prepared with a package of plays that make the most of the things he does well and mask some of his deficiencies. That may necessitate a more conservative approach and a reliance on the skill position players to create something from nothing, but the Jets can't afford to put Petty in a position where he could cost them a winnable game by making a couple of costly mistakes.