FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Bryce Petty’s not about to throw away his shot.
“I’m not supposed to be here and I know that, so I don’t take this for granted,” the second-year quarterback said Wednesday of starting the Jets’ final four games. “I think every day I come in here it’s a blessing to be here. This locker room is awesome. I love coming in to work every day with these guys and for coach Bowles giving me the opportunity because there’s not a lot of teams that I know of anyways that have taken four quarterbacks . . . That’s something I think about on a daily basis.”
After being the third-stringer behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith, Petty was the assumed odd-man after the organization drafted Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg in the second round of this year’s draft.
But the crowded quarterback room didn’t faze Petty, nor did the long odds of making the team — and potentially being the Jets starter — deter him.
“My goal since I’ve been in here is to be the starter for the New York Jets,” said Petty, who replaced Fitzpatrick at halftime of the Jets’ 41-10 loss to the Colts on Monday night. He completed 11 of 25 passes for 135 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
“Whether they drafted a kid, I think that’s one of the things that keeps the drive in you — to know that they’re always looking for somebody to replace you. Whether they do it or not is one thing, but I think for me it was just another reminder that ‘Hey, this is for real.’ You got to put up or shut up kind of thing. It was great. It was great for me because I got to push myself and I’m here now.”
The Jets re-signed running back Khiry Robinson, who they waived/injured with a leg injury after their preseason finale. Though he didn’t practice Wednesday, Bowles said: “He’s sore right now, but he’s close to being back . . . Obviously when he’s healthy, he can bring us another runner that can carry the ball. He’s explosive. He’s a good punt returner and kick returner as well so he can bring some versatility.”
Ten players didn’t practice, including Nick Mangold (ankle), who was back in a walking boot, Breno Giacomini (back, calf shoulder), Leonard Williams (illness) and Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) . . . Former Jaguars linebacker Arthur Brown was claimed off waivers, linebacker Julian Stanford (ankle) was waived/injured, running back Brandon Wilds was promoted to the active roster and defensive lineman Claude Pelon was re-signed to the practice squad.