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The best quarterback to start the regular season for the Jets

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OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets passes the ball against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets passes the ball against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets have a very good situation at quarterback heading into the regular season but make no mistake about it, there is only one person who should start come Week 1.

For the first time in years, the New York Jets actually have a good situation at quarterback as they prepare for the season ahead. As of right now, they have Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, and newly drafted Sam Darnold.

Ideally, the Jets will have an open quarterback competition with the best man that can win a lot of football games earning the starting position. Heading into training camp, head coach Todd Bowles has made it clear McCown is the starter but that could change depending on how the competition goes.

Bridgewater is still a wild card since he got rave reviews during organized team activities as well as mandatory minicamp but it remains to be seen if that can continue all that during the real test. Training camp has extensive programs, positional drills, and scrimmage games to seek the best of the best.

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The top players will earn starting positions, good players will be the depth behind them, and those that don’t cut it won’t be on the team once training camp is in the books. Bridgewater has a lot to prove but at the end of the day, is coming off a serious knee injury that could potentially limit him in the future or prevent him from even competing fully all throughout training camp.

While fans are anxious to see what Darnold brings to the table, he still has a lot of work ahead of him before he’s ready to start and lead the Jets offense. The Jets knew that with Bridgewater being a huge question mark and Darnold needed more time to transition to the pros, it was best to bring back McCown on a one-year/$10 million deal.

Make no mistake about it, the Jets didn’t pay that much money for McCown to ride the bench. While he also brings a lot of experience to the quarterback room to help groom Darnold for the future, he gives the Jets the best chances to win football games this upcoming season.

The best case scenario for the Jets would be to start the regular season with all three quarterbacks on the roster with the depth chart looking like McCown as the starter, Bridgewater as his backup, and Darnold as the third-string option. It might take Darnold a few months to put everything together but McCown and Bridgewater can hold the fort down until the leadership regime is ready to unleash #14.

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Until then, McCown is the best quarterback to start the regular season for the Jets. He’s coming off the best season of his career and can lead this team like no other. It would be a shame to rush Darnold to start when he’s not 100 percent ready since as with anything in life, great things are worth waiting for.

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