Moeller: The Jets QB Competition Is Looking Good

Six days in, and the Jets’ quarterbacks overall are looking good.

They do, however, have some bumps along the way.

Since his arrival Monday, Sam Darnold has been in the spotlight. He has three practices under his belt, and the rookie looked steady in his latest efforts.

Darnold has been mobile in the pocket, and has been making decisions indicative of a veteran.

Thursday morning, Darnold completed five of nine attempts in 21 reps.

According to reports and rumors, Darnold has impressed Jets’ brass and they continue to lean toward possibly giving him the starting nod Sept. 10.

Darnold will be on a bigger stage Saturday during the intra-squad scrimmage this Saturday, and he should see plenty of time in the team’s preseason opener the following Saturday.

“I like watching how he deals with making mistakes and bouncing back,” said Jets’  general manager Mike Maccagnan. “I know Todd (Bowles) and the coaches are very high on him… They’ve thrown a lot at him and he’s assimilated quite a bit.

“And I know Todd, in terms of practices, does a lot of things blitz-wise. So, it’s not always sort of scripted, where the offense knows what the defense is going to do. You watch Sam do things (when) maybe other times guys would play slower. He’ll have his little glitches, but I think he bounces back quick and plays faster than I’ve seen some other young quarterbacks play.”

Quietly, Josh McCown also has been impressive and still looms as the Day One starter. Teddy Bridgewater also has been efficient and should be more involved in the offense.

Aside from the quarterback play that has highlighted the camp, the Jets have endured their share of injuries.

 Most notable has been wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, who missed last year with a neck injury. Enunwa has been battling a thumb injury.

Aside from Enunwa, cornerbacks Parry Nickerson and Buster Skrine, guard Brian Winters, tight end Jordan Leggett, and wide receiver Chad Hanson have missed time.




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Jeff Moeller

Jeff Moeller has been covering the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and college football and basketball as well as high school sports on a national and local scene for the past 39 years. He has been a Jets and Giants beat reporter for the past 13 years.

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