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Bryce Petty wants to show teams they're missing out

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The Glacier has melted in The Big Apple.

The New York Jets landed on our list of draft winners after new general manager Mike Maccagnan pulled off a fruitful haul that addressed team needs and added value to a roster he's rebuilt since the departure of the previous GM, John Idzik.

One of Gang Green's more intriguing selections: Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, grabbed in the fourth round to compete with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and young Geno Smith. So where does Petty stand in the pecking order?

"He's got a lot to learn," coach Todd Bowles said Saturday, per NJ.com. "We're not looking forward for him to be a starter right now."

Bowles said in March that Smith will enter camp as the team's No. 1 quarterback. Petty is widely regarded as a passer who needs plenty of time to grow before helming an NFL offense. While the signal-caller was highly productive in college, Baylor's high-speed, spread attack shares few common traits with typical pro-style schemes.

Petty, though, doesn't lack boldness, telling ESPN.com: "My job is to prove to the 31 other teams what they're missing out on. ... My confidence is never shaken."

The handful of NFL squads lacking a franchise quarterback are charged with picking passers until one pans out. The Jets followed that pattern by going after Petty. Now it's on the rookie to make sure that New York's decision looks like a wise one.

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