NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the Jets’ starting quarterback for at least one more week.
Coach Todd Bowles announced Monday that he is sticking with the 12-year veteran when the Jets host the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 5.
With the Jets sitting at 3-8 and virtually eliminated from playoff contention, calls have been growing for the Jets to look toward the future by turning to second-year signal-caller Bryce Petty.
Petty started in the Jets’ Nov. 13 loss to the Rams while Fitzpatrick was sidelined with a sprained knee, but Bowles reinserted Fitzpatrick into the lineup the following week.
The Jets also have rookie second-round pick Christian Hackenberg, but he is thought to be more of a developmental project.
“There’ll be a time and place for those guys to play,” Bowles told reporters Monday. “It just won’t be next week.”
This season, Fitzpatrick, who is playing on a one-year contract, has completed 57.6 percent of his passes for 2,252 yards with 10 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, tied for the most in the NFL. His 72.2 passer rating is tied with Houston’s Brock Osweiler for last among QBs who have attempted at least 200 passes.
Fitzpatrick, however, was better in Sunday’s 22-17 loss to the Patriots, completing 22 of 32 passes for 269 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. But he lost a fumble on the Jets’ final drive.