32. Bryce Petty – New York Jets
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.
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31. Matt Barkley – Chicago Bears
2016 stats: 129-for-216 (59.7%), 1,611 passing yards, 8 touchdowns, 14 interceptions
Chances of starting Week 1 in 2017: 30%
Season-ending injuries to Brian Hoyer and Jay Cutler were the only reason Matt Barkley was handed the keys to Chicago’s offense. The USC alum has been in the league since 2013, but hadn’t thrown a touchdown in any of his first three seasons. Lacking any semblance of mobility or athleticism, Barkley’s slow release and below-average arm strength certainly don’t translate well to the NFL. However, he kept the Bears competitive for many of their games in the second half of the season, and should at least have an opportunity to compete for the starting job in 2017. With few first round-worthy signal callers available via the draft, potential trade targets like Tony Romo present the biggest road block to Barkley leading Chicago’s offense next season.
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