And while that seemed by design -- the vertical routes were either covered nicely or out of the question once Petty got there in his progression -- we could see offensive coordinator Chan Gailey adjust after the bye.
"I think there were definitely some opportunities there to go downfield," Petty said, via The New York Post. "I'll learn as I go when I can take those shots. It's not about being a game manager. You want to win. I don't like flirting with that line. I want to be me. I like slinging that ball around."
The next time we see the Jets (3-7) will be a Sunday afternoon tilt against the Patriots at MetLife Stadium on Nov. 27. By then, the rest of the AFC East will have firmly passed them by. Over and over, we've wondered why coach Todd Bowles was so slow to check out his younger quarterbacks in the first place. He was presented with a unique excuse Sunday because entrenched starter Ryan Fitzpatrick was dealing with a knee injury.
Bowles said he will not comment on his quarterback situation over the break.