While the Jets have remained noncommittal about their plans to address the quarterback position, Bryce Petty is hoping to get the chance to prove himself as the franchise's quarterback of the future.
"You know what? I don't know," Petty told New York Daily news about being the team's QB next season. "I can only control so much. I hope so. I really do. I love it here. I love this team. I love Coach. Shoot, it'd blow my skirt up if that was the case… I'm going to work to make that happen. You got to go out and get it."
Petty started against the Rams in Week 10 when Ryan Fitzpatrick was out with an injury, and completed 19 of 32 passes for 163 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. It was the first, and so far the only, start of his career.
While some have questioned why Todd Bowles has not given the young quarterback more opportunities to prove himself, many believe it is because Petty has simply not shown enough during practice to earn the starting job.
"I take my bumps, I take my bruises, but I do good things too," Petty said about his performance in practice. "The good thing about what coach does is he's not going to put anybody in position to fail, and he's a really good evaluator of talent and knowing when you're ready. I don't know if it's as much as I've had bad practices, but maybe I'm not ready yet in his eyes."
"It's Coach's decision regardless if you're stinking it up or if you're playing well," Petty said. "I don't question that part of it like, 'Man, am I not showing enough?' Because I feel like I am. I've shown a lot of growth. I'm getting better every day. So those are things that I need to pull from and not worry about that doubt or fear that I'm not doing this or that."
While other young quarterbacks, such as Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, and Dak Prescott, have already been given the reigns to their respective offenses during their rookie seasons, Petty does not let that bother him and remains focused on earning the trust of the Jets management.
"Everybody has a different route," Petty said. "Fortunately for me, I got to learn a lot last year. Because I can honestly tell you that I don't know if I was ready had I been called on last year. I feel so much more comfortable this year. Now I'm just hungry for more."
Although his future in New York may be unclear, Petty is not going to stop working towards earning the starting quarterback position.
"I'm going to work to do everything I can to make it a point to be here for as long as they let me."