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Petty Working on 'Easy Fixes'

Third-Year QB Focusing on Footwork, Jets Playing For Pride Down the Stretch


After watching film of the Jets' 31-19 loss to the Saints, quarterback Bryce Petty wants to focus on improving his footwork. In his first start of the season, Petty completed 19 of his 39 passes for 179 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

"A lot of that is kind of going back to old habits," he said. "Things that are easy to drop when you're out there doing individual drills throwing with receivers. Then once you get in live action, your mind is thinking about other things other than footwork or whatnot. You kind of lose sight of the little details. All things are very easy fixes and things that are going to be on the forefront of my mind this week."

Head coach Todd Bowles said the third-year signal caller will remain the starter and that he needs to be a little more patient in the pocket. However, Bowles liked the way Petty carried himself Sunday in his fifth career start.

"He has to get his footwork down a little bit, but I thought he played with confidence," Bowles said. "He missed some throws that he just has to settle himself down and calm himself down, but I think he'll get better going forward this week."

Pride on the Line
Even though the Jets were technically eliminated from the playoffs yesterday, their confidence and cohesion have not been shaken.

"Pride. At the end of the day that's all we've talked about in this locker room since day one, since I've been here," left tackle Kelvin Beachum said regarding his motivating factors for the rest of the season. "Coach Bowles has done a phenomenal job of keeping our mindset on taking care of what's in the building and what's in the locker room. We play for each other, we love one another and at the end of the day, that's what matters."

Beachum said the players aren't happy with the outcome of the season, but they want to end the year on a positive note heading into the offseason. Even though there are no moral victories in the NFL, the Jets went toe-to-toe with one of the league's top outfits in Week 15.  

"One good thing we've taken from it is we played with great effort yesterday," defensive lineman Steve McLendon said. "We played extremely fast and we played extremely smart up until the end. Other than that, the one thing I take from everything is we played together. We are a team and we love every man that put their helmet on yesterday. It's truly an honor to call these players teammates of mine."

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Wilkerson Update
After not traveling to New Orleans, defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson was at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center Monday. Bowles didn't say if Wilkerson would practice or play this week.

"It's an internal thing," he said. "We haven't worked through everything yet, but we'll work through them and you guys will know when we make a decision."

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