Bowles calling it a coaching decision indicates that Petty was healthy and ready to go, yet chose to go with Hackenberg anyway. But he made it sound as if the arrangement won't be permanent.
"It could change", he said. "It will probably change all the time". Petty was listed ahead of Hackenberg on the depth chart.
Bowles was vague when asked how he'd handle it in the coming weeks.
"Bryce had a full week of practice", he said.
Bowles could be playing word games.
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"That was a coach's decision", coach Todd Bowles said. Instead, they should seriously consider putting their second-round draft pick Christian Hackenberg under center to see what he can do. It is time for the Jets to stick to a plan, and that plan should be trying to develop their young quarterback.
Kony Ealy may not have been a good fit for the Patriots. But ultimately, the Jets decided to make him inactive Sunday.
Two newcomers were bright spots for the Jets. Ealy had four tackles, a tackle for loss, a quarterback hit and a pass defensed.
The Patriots cut Ealy after the third preseason game and the Jets claimed him off waivers.
The other inactive Jets for Week 1 are WR Jeremy Kerley, CB Derrick Jones, S Rontez Miles, TE Jordan Leggett, G Dakota Dozier and TE Neal Sterling. He made both of his field goal attempts - from 52 and 48 yards - in the second quarter and an extra point.
Tight end Eric Tomlinson suffered an elbow injury in the first half and did not return. Bowles said that Carter is also scheduled to undergo tests.