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Jets Waive QB Bryce Petty

Fourth-Round Draft Pick in 2015 out of Baylor Started Seven Games the Past Two Seasons


The Jets have waived quarterback Bryce Petty.

Petty entered the NFL as the Jets' fourth-round selection (103rd overall) of the 2015 draft after two seasons of prolific passing out of the shotgun at Baylor. He didn't play at all his rookie season, then saw action in six games with four starts in the second half of the 2016 season following injuries to starter Ryan Fitzpatrick.

He got his only win as a pro starter in Game 13 at San Francisco. The Jets fell into a 14-0 hole in the game's first five minutes and trailed 17-6 before Petty directed drives in the last 5:04 of regulation to 11 points — including his own two-point conversion run — to send the game to overtime, then leading the game-winning 63-yard drive to Bilal Powell's 19-yard TD run for the 23-17 comeback victory.

That game came about a month after his first pro start, against the Rams at MetLife Stadium. The Jets lost, 9-6, but the game's only touchdown capped a 99-yard drive, only the fourth in Jets history and their first in 11 seasons. Fifty-two of those yards came on the longest completion of Petty's career, on a go-route to Robby Anderson.

With last year's late-season injury to Josh McCown, Petty appeared in the last four games and started the last three, all losses, at New Orleans, against the Chargers at home, and at New England.

For his Green & White career, Petty played in 10 games (7 starts), completing 130 of 245 passes (53.1%) for 1,353 yards, four touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He ran the ball 12 times for 74 yards.

With his departure, the Jets have four quarterbacks on the roster — veterans Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater and Christian Hackenberg and first-round draft choice Sam Darnold.

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