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Todd Bowles speaks about quarterback competition

By Luis Tirado Jr.
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 17: Head coach Todd Bowles of the New York Jets watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 17, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 17: Head coach Todd Bowles of the New York Jets watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 17, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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As the New York Jets begin their training camp, head coach Todd Bowles recently chimed in his thoughts on how he plans to handle the quarterback competition.

It’s easy to see that the pink elephant in the room when it comes to the New York Jets is their quarterback situation. At this point in time, the competition will come down to three quarterbacks. The veteran of the group is Josh McCown as both Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg will do their best to try and earn their places on the depth chart.

Everyone will be competing for the open starting position but it will be up to each quarterback to prove their worth in order to be under center come Week 1. By all accounts, each quarterback will be given an equal opportunity in regards to reps but it will be up to the coaching staff to determine the best player that will win them football games.

With the first day of training camp in the books, the tone is set for each quarterback and well, taking things one day at a time to execute. Recently, head coach Todd Bowles chimed in his thoughts on how he plans to determine his next starter under center. Here’s what he said courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets:

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On how he plans to use the quarterbacks in training camp…

I can’t detail it. It will work itself out. The reps will be different every day or every week. We have a plan when the preseason games start. Right now, we’re just getting our feet back wet from when we left in OTAs and minicamp. That situation will work itself out.

On if the quarterbacks will get equal reps between now and the first preseason game…

I don’t think you can equal anything in training camp. They may be unequal during the days but when we add them up at the end, I’m sure they’ll be close.

In the grand scheme of things, Bowles is at the very least, doing it right when it comes to handling who will ultimately win the starting job. Things will fall into place as obviously, it will come down to the top two best quarterbacks that are doing well in training camp and preseason action as to which it’ll come down to the little details on game management, execution, and who has the right leadership to deliver.

Those are the most important parts in a starter, especially during a rebuild like the Jets are currently doing. Unless Petty or Hackenberg play lights out football consistently throughout training camp, McCown technically has the upper hand due to all his experience in the NFL. He might not be the most winningest quarterback the past few years but his personality, leadership, and 14+ years will make grasping and executing the playbook easier for him than those around him.

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Overall, Bowles will have some tough decisions ahead but will ultimately review training camp as a whole to determine his next starting quarterback. Hopefully, one of the younger quarterbacks stand up and shine but if not, the veteran in McCown will more than likely seize the moment since he’s been in this situation so many times before.

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