The New York Jets are already a few days into training camp with no sight of rookie quarterback Sam Darnold due to a contract dispute. Could head coach Todd Bowles add yet another quarterback to the team?
At this point in time, rookie quarterback Sam Darnold is still holding out due to a contract dispute with the New York Jets. The Jets are primarily working with veteran quarterbacks Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater at the start of training camp.
Ideally, training camps tend to feature at least three quarterbacks just to distribute reps and get more work in on that aspect of offensive drills. With Darnold out until who knows when due to his contract dispute, it could be weeks, maybe even an entire month before everything gets sorted out.
Could head coach Todd Bowles consider bringing in yet another quarterback to the depth chart if contract negotiations take too long? It’s a possibility based on his recent comments to the media.
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Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here is what Bowles said on how long he can go before adding another quarterback in training camp due to reps:
We will see. We will play it by ear. Right now we are okay, but we have plan B, and we have some things in place. We will just play it accordingly.
Of course, it’s just the first few days of training camp so there is no need to worry just yet. For all we know, Darnold could get his contract finalized over the weekend and be ready to start training camp next week. Bowles likely has a timeframe in his mind where he’ll have no other choice but to explore free agent quarterbacks just to have another arm in training camp.
With every training camp he misses, Darnold is behind in the learning curve. No matter what he did during his USC days, the transition into the pros isn’t an easy one in any stretch of the imagination. Hopefully, he is able to attend training camp sooner rather than later since it will undoubtedly hinder his overall progression.
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Until then, with Bowles already thinking about the potential of adding another quarterback to the Jets if these contract talks take forever, Darnold isn’t doing himself any favors by missing out. If anything, the more he waits, the more likely he will be behind in the competition for the starting quarterback position.