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Bryce Petty shows some promise for the Jets

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The Jets have had a long, painful struggle to find a franchise quarterback, and so any time a rookie quarterback for the Jets plays well, there’s going to be excitement. Which means it’s all aboard the Bryce Petty hype train.

Petty played very well with the Jets’ second-string offense on Friday night against the Falcons, completing 12 of 19 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown, with no turnovers. That was a big improvement from Petty’s sub-par showing in his preseason debut, and he said he felt a lot more comfortable in his second game.

“I think last week I had no idea what to expect as far as the game goes, as far as myself personally and emotionally, how it would roll and so I felt like coming in to this week I would have a better understanding of how things went down and how things worked. I felt a lot more comfortable out there. There was definitely progress as far as where I was last week to this week so that’s good,” Petty said.

Petty believes he has improved in a short time.

“It’s progress every week and that’s what I got to keep telling myself, every day, to get better, and every week to get better. I can’t get complacent, I can’t get happy about this. I have to get back in there in the film room and go to work. I still have to get better at decision making. I think especially situationally in the red zone I have to throw catchable balls that only our guys can catch and allow us to score points and not put ourselves in jeopardy down there. We’re learning.”

The Jets don’t yet believe Petty is ready to play in the regular season, which is why they signed Matt Flynn to be there in case Ryan Fitzpatrick gets hurt during Geno Smith’s absence. But Petty showed on Friday night that he has potential. The Jets will take it.