The Glacier has melted in The Big Apple.
"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.