32. Bryce Petty – New York Jets
Bryce Petty’s 2016 stats: 75-for-133 (56.4%), 809 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 7 interceptions
Chances of starting Week 1 in 2017: 20%
There’s no better summary of how bad 2016 has been to the Jets than Bryce Petty serving as the team’s starting quarterback. Thanks in large part to Ryan Fitzpatrick’s atrocious play, New York turned to the second-year signal caller out of Baylor and couldn’t have been too pleased with the results. Petty is an underrated athlete, but doesn’t possess above average arm strength or accuracy. Plus, Petty spent his collegiate career running the spread offense — which has only made his transition to the NFL that much more difficult. With little offensive talent outside of Brandon Marshall, Petty didn’t exactly have a glutton of weapons, but he looks far from New York’s long-term solution at the most important position in football.
The Jets opted to sign veteran Josh McCown to bolster the depth at the position. There’s also the hope that Christian Hackenburg can potentially develop into the franchise quarterback many in New York are thirsting for. As it currently stands, this jumbled mess of ambiguity will likely result in another tough season for the Jets.
31. Mike Glennon – Chicago Bears
2016 stats: 10-for-11 (90.9%), 75 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 0 interceptions
Chances of starting Week 1 in 2017: 75%
The Jay Cutler era in Chicago is officially over. The Bears cut Cutler loose after eight seasons as their starting quarterback. Cutler has since decided to head to the TV booth as a commentator. The Bears then opted to shell out a three-year, $45 million deal for signal-caller Mike Glennon. The former Tampa Bay backup hasn’t played much in his brief NFL career — yet the Bears believe enough in him to the point they’ll be paying Glennon $18.5 million in guaranteed money.
It’s perplexing — especially considering Chicago drafted North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky No. 2 overall in this year’s draft. Chicago gave a lot of money to an unproven commodity. Additionally, the drafting of a quarterback that high signals (in theory) that Trubisky will see the field sooner than later. Much like the Jets, the Bears’ situation isn’t one with a ton of clarity at the moment.
30. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams
2016 stats: 112-for-205 (54.6%), 1,089 passing yards, 5 touchdowns, 7 interception
Chances of starting Week 1 in 2017: 99.9%
After 10 brutal weeks of Case Keenum-led football, it was difficult to determine whether Goff won the starting job, or was handed it by default. Based on seven weeks of horrific football, it certainly seems to be the latter. Goff barely completed 50 percent of his passes playing in a painfully conservative offense, and faces a crucial offseason. The hiring of head coach/quarterback whisperer Sean McVay should help, as Goff has a long road ahead to proving worthy of being drafted No. 1 overall in 2016. Playing in a spread system in college made Goff’s transition to the pros much more difficult, but with decent mobility and a strong/accurate arm, Goff should only move up this list in the coming years.
29. Cody Kessler – Cleveland Browns
2016 stats: 128-for-195 (65.6%), 1,380 passing yards, 6 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
Chances of starting Week 1 in 2017: 50%
Much like the vast majority of the Browns’ personnel decisions, the Robert Griffin III experiment did not go well. When forced into action as a rookie, former third-round pick Cody Kessler fared fairly well. He didn’t force anything down the field — which is a smart play due to his less-than-stellar arm strength. Kessler managed the game well, completed passes at a high clip, and surprisingly enough gave Cleveland a chance to be semi-competitive.
Cleveland brought in embattled signal-caller Brock Osweiler from the Houston Texans. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess as to what his role on the team will be going forward (if at all). Cleveland also drafted Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer in the second round of this year’s draft. While Kessler isn’t an exceptional talent, Cleveland knows what it’s getting with him under center.
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