With the first weekend of training camp in the books, not much has changed when it comes to the quarterback competition of the New York Jets.
It’s still very early but as of right now, nothing has changed at all in regards to how the quarterback competition is shaping up in training camp of the New York Jets even with Sam Darnold joining the team after his contract holdout. Veteran quarterback Josh McCown continues to do well in training camp with Teddy Bridgewater right behind him and on the last day before a break, Darnold entered the mix.
Darnold showed some nice passes and movement on the field but again, still has a long way to go before he’s able to dethrone McCown. As a matter of fact, so does Bridgewater since, by the looks of things, head coach Todd Bowles will likely stick with McCown just like he did last season.
Out of the three quarterbacks on the roster, McCown brings the most guaranteed success considering he’s coming off his best season yet. Bridgewater has been out of football for about two years now and Darnold is a rookie who has yet to take a single snap in the pros.
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As of right now, McCown is still firmly on top of the depth chart at the most important position on the team and rightfully so. Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here is what Bowles said when asked how the quarterback competition depth chart is looking at this point in time:
Josh (McCown) is one, Teddy (Bridgewater) is two, Sam is three. The competition has been underway, it didn’t just start today, it started on Thursday when we reported for camp. (Darnold) has got some work to catch up and do so, throughout the course of preseason that will take care of itself and we’ll go from there.
Unless either Bridgewater or Darnold plays lights out football during preseason action, expect to see McCown once again start the season for the Jets. In a perfect situation, McCown will hold the fort until one of these young quarterbacks in Bridgewater or Darnold is ready to take over at some point during the regular season. That is, of course, only if an unfortunate injury or a steep decline in play happens with McCown.
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Bowles is in the business of winning football games and has an old-school mentality when it comes to situations like this. He prefers veterans over rookies any day of the week as it will take a lot to change his mind on this matter. Until then, McCown will continue doing his best to get ready for the upcoming season and pick up exactly where he left off from in 2017.