Jets quarterback Bryce Petty said after Sunday's 14-7 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers he feels frustrated he isn't able to make the plays he wants to make -- and feels capable of making -- on the field.
Petty, starting for the second straight game since Josh McCown suffered a season-ending injury, completed just 15 of 28 passes for 119 yards with no touchdowns and an interception as the Jets lost for the eighth time in their last 10 games.
"It's frustrating, it's really frustrating," Petty said, according to Newsday's Bob Glauber. "I think that mentally, I know exactly where I want to go with the ball, and it's just my feet are not as relaxed as my mind, if that makes sense. I know exactly where I want to go with the ball, I'm seeing things, and my feet are just a little bit rushed, so it's causing me to be a step too much or a step too late, whatever the case."
A fourth-round pick in his third NFL season, Petty has appeared in nine games in his career but just won once. His career-high in passing yards for a game was 257 yards, and his career touchdown-to-interception ratio is 4-to-10. But despite his struggles under center, he is confident he can help the team rebound.
"I love these guys to death, and they work their butt off and have ever since the offseason," Petty said. "We're going to get there. I promise you one thing - I'm going to work my butt off to put this offense in the best chance to be successful."
The Jets still have 2016 second-round pick Christian Hackenberg as a backup, however head coach Todd Bowles hasn't had him take a snap in either of his first two seasons, and said Petty would start in New York's season finale next week against the New England Patriots.
"Christian is not that bad," Bowles said, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. "Bryce didn't have a good start. It's only his second start. I'm not going to sit here and condemn the guy because he didn't play well in week two of starting this year after not playing all year. I'm just not going to jump a guy in that hasn't played all year."
Added Petty: "It's their call, so I'm excited to have the opportunity to learn, and it means a lot. It's about getting back in there and showing those guys -- head up, chest up -- we're going to come back and go fight for you."