After Josh McCown's season-ending injury, Bryce Petty has been pushed to center stage for the Jets and will be starting this Sunday in New Orleans. The Saints won't take the Jets' backup lightly, citing a lack of film on the former Baylor quarterback.
Publically, multiple members of the Saints' secondary have been respectful of Petty's ability.
"For me having been in this league for a while, it's actually scarier going against a guy you don't have a lot of film on," Saints cornerback Sterling Moore told Herbie Teope of NOLA.com. "You have to go back to the preseason; you have to go back to college tape."
In four professional starts, seven total games, Petty has completed 54 percent of his passes for 823 yards with three touchdowns and seven interceptions.
"You don't know if he's going to stare his guy, if he's going to go through his reads, you don't know if he's a back-shoulder fade guy," said Moore. "You have to feel it out in the game and it could be one of those situations where by the time you feel it out, it could be too late."
At Baylor, Petty was superb. He threw for 8,195 yards with 62 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He even chipped in the running game with 21 touchdowns on the ground.
"I haven't seen enough film as far as he hasn't played that many snaps in this league yet for me to put my opinion out there," Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro said. "I know he's a better athlete than people give him credit for.
Vaccaro continued to share kind words about Petty.
"He has a strong arm," said Vaccaro. "But he hasn't played that many snaps, so I can't give you my scouting report on him just yet. I've seen some film on him, but his story is just starting. You got to wait until there's a chapter first before anybody makes any judgments or comments."