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Todd Bowles: Jets’ QB competition has no front-runner


Josh McCown, Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty all have an equal chance of starting Week One for the Jets, according to head coach Todd Bowles.

“It’s a competition,” Bowles said at the end of minicamp today.

Bowles said that contrary to the widespread belief that it’s McCown’s job to lose, he sees all three players as being on the same level and getting the opportunity to separate themselves in training camp and the preseason.

“I don’t look at anybody as the front-runner. I just wait until training camp comes and we’ll sort it out then,” Bowles said.

Bowles saw things he liked from all three quarterbacks.

“McCown first – obviously he’s been in the system before, or something like it so he knew more than everybody else. Just getting the timing down with the receivers, I thought he did a good job at that,” Bowles said. “Hack got to play and learn a lot more. From a confidence standpoint, he has picked up quite a bit. He’s got some timing down as well and has a good feel for the offense so I expect him to come back to training camp and let loose and throw the ball without thinking. Bryce, the same thing. His shoulder is doing a lot better. He’s been throwing the ball very well, and he’s getting a good grasp of the offense. We still haven’t put it all in, but the things we’ve put in, taking into training camp, I think they’ve all done a good job.”

Only one quarterback can have the job when the season starts. But Bowles doesn’t appear to be in any hurry to choose one of the three.

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37 Responses to “Todd Bowles: Jets’ QB competition has no front-runner”
  1. kevpft says: Jun 15, 2017 6:29 PM

    In other words, McCown is far ahead of everyone else.

  2. mannyiac says: Jun 15, 2017 6:33 PM

    The Jets Quarterback competition has no front runner,only losers.

  3. jklecko77hof says: Jun 15, 2017 6:34 PM

    Not true. The front runner plays for USC.

  4. bighairbingopro says: Jun 15, 2017 6:36 PM

    The Jets don’t have any qbs, period!

  5. Seprix says: Jun 15, 2017 6:53 PM

    Choose your QB: Hack, Clown, or Petty.

  6. rodgerstonelson says: Jun 15, 2017 7:00 PM

    They all should be holding clipboards.

  7. richabbs says: Jun 15, 2017 7:07 PM

    Looks like a commitment to the running attack for the Jets.

  8. johnwaldron8 says: Jun 15, 2017 7:21 PM

    …and it never will.

  9. run4cova says: Jun 15, 2017 7:43 PM

    translation: we dont have a qb and might direct snap to the rb instead

  10. bspurloc says: Jun 15, 2017 7:54 PM

    just how the owner likes it.

    max profits. QBs are expensive

  11. genericcommenter says: Jun 15, 2017 7:57 PM

    Geno Smith will be the starter after he gets cut by the Giants.

  12. streetyson says: Jun 15, 2017 8:00 PM

    Reminds me of Tiananmen Square – no one knows which brave soul was about to get squished as he stood bravely at the front of that huge tank. Except the Jets tank is going to run for 16 weeks – maybe they all get squished this time.

  13. ronfai says: Jun 15, 2017 8:14 PM

    Kaepernick is the front runner

  14. tonebones says: Jun 15, 2017 8:14 PM

    I don’t know if Petty can play, because he hasn’t played. I liked what I saw in college. Let’s see what he can do. I now what the other two cannot do. Don’t expect to put a guy like Petty on the field and instantly evaluate what he’s going to be. You have to give a guy a couple years of playing on Sunday before you know what you have. Some guys never get that chance. Throwing is the easy part. Reading defenses is the part that takes time. Why waste precious time with Hackenberg and McCown. At least try to win. If you put McCown in there, you’re settling for mediocre. If you put Hackenberg in there, you need to fire the whole staff. Coaches and personnel.

  15. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Jun 15, 2017 8:27 PM

    The Jets may not have a front runner at QB, but they sure are the front runners for the first overall pick in 2o18.

  16. captainwhodat says: Jun 15, 2017 8:28 PM

    What a freaking surprise…

  17. bencoates57 says: Jun 15, 2017 8:34 PM

    BREAKING NEWS: Jets sign broad side of barn to play wide receiver on 1-year contract.

  18. mazenblue says: Jun 15, 2017 8:43 PM

    Todd Bowles: Jets’ QB competition has only back peddlers

  19. toybkshr says: Jun 15, 2017 8:48 PM

    They are all bringing up the rear!

  20. darrylbarnes1979 says: Jun 15, 2017 8:48 PM

    Yes, because they are all equally terrible.

  21. officialgame says: Jun 15, 2017 9:20 PM

    Its not every team that can draft or sign 4 QB’s that are all equally bad. That takes skill.

  22. Bloodfart says: Jun 15, 2017 9:21 PM

    0-16 coming? I wouldnt bet against it.

  23. harrietknutczak says: Jun 15, 2017 9:29 PM

    They just can’t seem to extinguish that dumpster fire….

  24. tylawspick6 says: Jun 15, 2017 9:38 PM

    the country rejoices watching these entitled pukes
    suffer miserably

    scum of the earth

    we will never forget

  25. pauldeba says: Jun 15, 2017 9:41 PM

    The jets haven’t had a front runner at QB since Joe Namath ledt

  26. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 15, 2017 10:22 PM

    Pick your poison?

  27. jintfan says: Jun 15, 2017 10:38 PM

    Why not give RGIII a shot?

  28. flipola says: Jun 15, 2017 10:38 PM

    Translation: “If they could all be 3rd on the depth chart, they would be.”

  29. bonitalocal says: Jun 15, 2017 10:56 PM

    bencoates57 says:
    Jun 15, 2017 8:34 PM
    BREAKING NEWS: Jets sign broad side of barn to play wide receiver on 1-year contract.


  30. mathandstatsmatter says: Jun 15, 2017 11:56 PM

    McCown had a nice 2013 partial season but he is a now a fragile 37. McCown won’t last more than 4 games. This will be the grimmest Jets season in my lifetime and that is saying a lot.

  31. silverandblack052099 says: Jun 16, 2017 2:58 AM

    It doesn’t have QBs either.

  32. dickrummy says: Jun 16, 2017 3:54 AM

    I’m buying a crap team like the Jets and making it a Kaep vs Tebow competition. No, Kaep and Tebow at the same time, on every play. Mostly Tebow blocking for Kaep, all the way down field. Like a bodyguard. Good buddy movie if you ask me. If you’re selling teams, or buying movie rights, get in touch.

  33. nyneal says: Jun 16, 2017 5:20 AM

    It doesn’t matter who the Jets play at QB. They’re going to be lucky to win 4 games no matter who plays.

  34. aj66shanghai says: Jun 16, 2017 7:19 AM

    Patriots fans: they aren’t the Yankees, or the Giants. The two teams that gave you your massive inferiority complex.

  35. chasingbanner18 says: Jun 16, 2017 7:49 AM

    So, same as the last decade?

  36. mogogo1 says: Jun 16, 2017 10:54 AM

    Like a horse race featuring a plow horse, an old nag, and one who is already at the glue factory.

  37. youbettercallsaul says: Jun 16, 2017 12:01 PM

    Glenn Foley, Browning Nagle, and Flash Gordon would be better candidates for the jests.

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