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Could Jets quarterback competition be one of the best in years?

By Luis Tirado Jr.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 26: Quarterback Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets passes against the Carolina Panthers during the first quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on November 26, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 26: Quarterback Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets passes against the Carolina Panthers during the first quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on November 26, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Once training camp comes around, expect to see the upcoming New York Jets quarterback competition to be one of the best in years.

Heading into training camp, for the first time in what feels like forever, the upcoming competition to name the next starting quarterback of the New York Jets is set to be one of the best in years. Two new faces are in the mix with the return of a veteran quarterback that totaled one of the best seasons of his entire career. Talk about some epic storylines, eh?

Set to compete in training camp at quarterback are Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, and Sam Darnold. There will be numerous headlines all summer long about how each is progressing with the prize being who earns the starting quarterback job to open up the regular season.

At this point in time, head coach Todd Bowles has named McCown as his starter entering training camp but has also stated that the starting position is up for grabs. Each player brings a unique skill set that could bode well for the Jets to have confidence that they can get the job done.

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McCown, coming off a big season, is looking to pick up where he left off from. He’s a great leader in the locker room and is looking to be a bridge quarterback to the eventual start of the Darnold era. Last season, McCown totaled 2,926 passing yards, 267 completions, and 18 touchdowns. It will be hard for either Bridgewater or Darnold to dethrone McCown but it all depends on how they perform in training camp.

Bridgewater is the wildcard of the group as there is no telling how things will turn out. Yes, he did great in organized team activities for the Jets so far this offseason but remember, that’s in t-shirts and shorts, no pads. Before his horrific knee/leg injury a few years ago, Bridgewater was one of the top quarterbacks of the NFL and was playing at a high level. His story is inspiring as he’s doing everything in his power to return to form and prove he’s still a starting quarterback by beating everyone else out.

Darnold was just selected by the Jets as the No. 3 overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. He’s a young quarterback out of USC that brings a lot of talent and potential to the table. He’s still a raw prospect but ideally, will have a bit of a learning curve before he’s ready to take over and start his pro career. Unless he plays lights out football that shows he’s ahead of his progression, Darnold will likely start this upcoming season on the sideline.

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All three players are ready to bring it throughout training camp with the best option selected to start for the Jets that can win them the most football games. With this competition being one of the hottest ones of the summer for the Jets, expect to see someone rise to the top and solidify themselves as the best option under center. It sure does feel great to finally have a Jets quarterback competition in a training camp that is something worth smiling about. May the best man win.

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