Head coach Todd Bowles recently spoke to the media about Sam Darnold’s progress so far during New York Jets OTAs. Things are looking good so far.
When it comes to a rookie quarterback, progress is important. So far, quarterback Sam Darnold has said and done all the right things even though it’s too early to get a good assessment on how his rookie season with the New York Jets will be.
As of right now, organized team activities are in full effect as these voluntary sessions are a great way to shake off the rust and begin the long road from now until the beginning of the regular season. Darnold is looking to do his best to not only absorb the new offensive playbook of the Jets but heavily prepare for an opportunity to possibly earn the starting quarterback job over the course of the summer.
Even though Josh McCown was confirmed to be the starter going into training camp by head coach Todd Bowles, it will still be an open competition at quarterback. The best player that puts the Jets in a position to win a lot of football games will be determined through training camp and preseason action.
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At this point in time, Darnold is progressing well as per Bowles. Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here is what Bowles said about how Darnold has looked so far throughout OTAs:
He has been progressing. Obviously installing the offense and putting in everything on defense, he is seeing things for the first time on both sides of the ball. As the days go by, he is getting more comfortable so we just have to keep working at it and getting better.
It’s a great sight to see that Darnold is slowly putting things together and showing signs that he can indeed be the next franchise quarterback of the Jets. It’s a refreshing change of pace compared to the past few years where the Jets had a lot of hope but not a lot of reality in regards to their quarterback situation. Now, it’s full of potential talent that can push the envelope this upcoming season.
Now, with Darnold in the mix and the wildcard that is known as Teddy Bridgewater, the quarterback situation of the Jets is a lot clearer now. Either way, it should be another rollercoaster of a season that should eventually see the Darnold era begin sooner than later. All the work that is being put into OTAs now is undoubtedly paving the way for what should be a bright future with Darnold leading this team towards competitive play.