New York Jets Quarterback Bryce Petty Thinks He Is Better Than Geno Smith, Christian Hackenberg

Confidence is a necessary ingredient for anyone that wants to be a successful quarterback in the NFL. According to NJ.com, Bryce Petty believes that he is better than both Geno Smith and Christian Hackenberg. Petty feels that he can be the primary backup at the position to veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The quarterback position for the New York Jets was one of the most discussed topics during the offseason. Much of that was because Ryan Fitzpatrick and the team were locked in a contract standoff. Options around the NFL for both sides were dropping left and right, so a reunion started sounding better and better.

According to NBC Sports, the New York Jets signed Ryan Fitzpatrick to a one-year contract worth approximately $12 million. For that amount of money, there is a very good chance that the Jets are hoping that Fitzpatrick is the one under the center this upcoming season.

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Behind Ryan Fitzpatrick on the depth chart is Geno Smith. He was one viewed as the quarterback of the future for the New York Jets. That never came to fruition, but the former second-round draft pick has shown that he can be useful in the NFL as a reserve.

Since the situation with Ryan Fitzpatrick was up in the air, some insurance was needed in the NFL Draft. The New York Jets drafted Christian Hackenberg in the second round, as reported by USA Today. Had Ryan Fitzpatrick already been under contract at that point, there is a very good chance that the Jets spend that pick on another position of need.

With only so many available roster spots when the NFL regular season begins, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, and Geno Smith will be going all out to battle for a spot behind Ryan Fitzpatrick. Coaches generally prefer to have two to three quarterbacks on the roster, so someone might need to go.

New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick Ryan Fitzpatrick [Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images]To his credit, Bryce Petty has shown some improvement since his rookie year in the NFL. The former Baylor Bears star is now learning how to read defenses. Last season, Petty was so focused on fundamentals that he did not always scan the field before throwing the ball.

Bryce Petty is also becoming a bit more vocal now that he feels more confident. Rather than just soaking up every bit of information in the quarterback film room, Petty is now starting to ask questions and making suggestions.

At just 25 years of age, Bryce Petty still has time to launch a long and successful career in the NFL. The peak of his physical and mental prime is still ahead of him if he continues to keep learning the nuances of being a quarterback in the National Football League.

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith Geno Smith [Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images]With Ryan Fitzpatrick only under contract for one season and New York Jets management not being willing to commit to a long-term deal, Bryce Petty is sitting in a pretty good position. If Petty shows enough improvement over the next year, then the Jets could be convinced that he can take over for Fitzpatrick.

The New York Jets have a pretty good offensive squad for a quarterback. Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker form one of the best wide receiver tandems in the NFL. Jace Amaro is a promising young tight end. Plus, the franchise also picked up Matt Forte in free agency, and he should be quite the weapon for New York.

Bryce Petty has just talked the talk. He now needs to walk the walk. If Petty can accomplish what he thinks that he can, then he will be the starting quarterback for the New York Jets next season.

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