It’s uncertain who will start at quarterback for the New York Jets in Week 1. But the Jets quarterback situation is far from a problem.
Both Bridgewater and Darnold shined in their Jets debut last Friday as they defeated the Atlanta Falcons 17-0 in the team’s first preseason action. Friday’s preseason game was the first time Bridgewater saw significant action since the 2016 preseason. Bridgewater missed the entire 2016 regular season and played only a handful of snaps in the 2017 season.
Bridgewater was nearly perfect in his first appearance for the Jets and showed many signs of being back to his old self. He completed 7 of 8 passes for 85 yards and one touchdown before the Jets gave the ball to rookie Sam Darnold.
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Darnold also made a big first impression during his first action as a NFL player. Darnold entered with 8:41 left in the second quarter and played the rest of the game. He went on to complete 13 of 18 passes for 96 yards and one touchdown. His performance had fans salivating just thinking about the future.
What has fans excited about Darnold is not the stats he put up on Friday, but the potential he showed with his mobility, arm strength, and poise in the pocket. He showed everyone why the Jets moved up to No. 3 to get him in this year’s draft.
It’s important to note that Bridgewater faced backups for most of the night and Darnold faced backups all night, but that doesn’t have Jets fans any less excited.
Although he only played one series in Friday’s preseason opener you can’t forget about McCown. During the 2017 season, McCown threw for career highs in touchdowns (19) and yards (2,926) while also producing his second-best QBR (94.5). This was in addition to throwing only 9 interceptions.
The Jets still finished at the bottom of the AFC East with a 5-11 record, but McCown proved he is capable of leading the Jets offense. He can be the answer at the quarterback position until Darnold is ready to take over.
The Jets have three quarterbacks who are capable of being the starter. This is a different quarterback problem than the Jets are used to having. As the preseason goes on it will become more apparent who the Week 1 starter will be. But for now, fans can sit back and enjoy as the quarterback competition continues to heat up.