“I won’t do that, and I haven’t done that,” he said. “You really can’t do that. … (Petty) has so much going through his head. You don’t want to disrupt that. If you ask for the ball, you’re selfish. It can be disruptive.”
With Fitzpatrick, Marshall lobbied constantly, which probably explains the inordinate number of targets. Fitzpatrick forced balls to Marshall, perhaps to appease him. Petty is simply following the script.
A revolving door: Because of injuries, the Jets have used a league-high 68 players. Remarkable. The biggest impact is felt on special teams, prompting coordinator Brant Boyer to say, “It’s like a yard sale when you put all your stuff out on the grass and you try to mix and match and fit it in.”
Petty struggled in his second start since being named the No. 1 quarterback. He completed 20 of 36 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown, but he threw two interceptions and lost a fumble on a strip sack.
“You obviously want to be one of the top defenses in the league, but our mindset is, ‘Get a stop on third down. Get a stop. Get our offense back on the field in good field position.'”
Washington has battled ankle injuries throughout this season and Zenner suffered a concussion last week against Chicago.
Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who suffered a back injury earlier in the week, also is on track to face Washington.
The Panthers ruled defensive end Charles Johnson (hamstring) and offensive tackle Daryl Williams (ankle) out.
Project Petty 2.0: The Jets’ coaches were kind in their public assessment of Bryce Petty’s first start as the No. 1 quarterback. True, he made a couple of plays with his arm and a couple with his legs last week against the San Francisco 49ers, but he also committed an alarming number of mistakes at the line of scrimmage. His failure to recognizes blitzes resulted in unblocked rushers on three of the six sacks. At times, he held the ball too long, freezing up when his No. 1 read was covered. He held it so long on one sack that a three-man rush had time to beat a six-man protection.
“I hope he’ll learn from that experience and, hopefully, he’ll be better this week,” offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said. “That’s what you hope young players do.”
Problem is, the Dolphins are a better defensive team than the 49ers, starting with a seasoned front four that includes Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake. They smell blood. With right tackle Brent Qvale (hamstring) listed as doubtful, the Jets are expected to start rookie Brandon Shell — the fourth man up. His only game experience at the position came last week — all of eight snaps. Look for them to give Shell plenty of help. He’ll need it.
Silent Brandon: In two starts, Petty has attempted only 11 passes to Brandon Marshall, who usually received twice as many targets from Ryan Fitzpatrick. A close review of the San Francisco tape reveals how little Petty actually looked in Marshall’s direction. The bigger upset? Marshall isn’t complaining.