Josh McCown remains atop the Jets’ quarterback depth chart

AP

With all the recent talk about the contractual status of Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, one key fact likely has gone overlooked: Josh McCown continues to be QB1 in New York.

“Josh is one, Teddy [Bridgewater] is two, Sam is three right now,” coach Todd Bowles told reporters on Monday. “That’s what I can tell you.”

As to the notion that McCown’s status puts him in better position to mentor the other quarterbacks on the roster, Bowles made it clear that McCown is wired to mentor, regardless of his status.

“He mentors the defensive line, he mentors the safeties, so I don’t understand what that means, but he helps everybody out,” Bowles said. “Josh is one and I don’t know what else to tell you. They have to beat him out.”

With Darnold missing several days of practice, he may not be able to quickly close the gap.

“The competition has been underway, it didn’t just start today, it started on Thursday when we reported for camp,” Bowles said. “[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.”

Some believe that Bowles would prefer to go with a veteran like McCown or Bridgewater, in the hopes of winning enough games to return for 2019, and that the front office would like to get Darnold on the field in an effort to prove that G.M. Mike Maccagnan picked the right guy for the long haul. There’s also a belief that the team would like to trade Bridgewater, a potential outcome that would likely hinge on a starter with another team suffering an injury.

9 responses to “Josh McCown remains atop the Jets’ quarterback depth chart

  1. Darnold has a ton of ability. He just has to figure out what the defenses are trying to do to stop him, and then he’ll get his chance. It might take a year or so. Be patient and enjoy this kid’s career. He’s what Jets’ fans have been waiting all this time for. Just hope he gets the Sean McVay coaching, not the Jeff Fisher.

  2. First off ty… you’re an idiot. Second, management should give Bowles at least 3 years to work with a new QB. Not fair to expect a lot of wins with a rookie QB and McCown. I’m not sure why everyone is so high on him. His best season of his career was 2900 yards. Why the hell are we praising that like he’s so good. He’s horrible. Period.. I wouldn’t want my QB of the future to learn from a guy that can produce 3000 yards and only got 2000 4 times in a 15 year period.

  3. Sounds like the Jets’ front office are trying to force a Bills-style Nathan Peterman fiasco. I’m impressed Bowles isn’t simply rolling over and buying into it.

  4. >>Some believe that Bowles would prefer to go with a veteran like McCown or Bridgewater, in the hopes of winning enough games to return for 2019, and that the front office would like to get Darnold on the field in an effort to prove that G.M.

    The owner has to step in and tell the HC that the primary goal of 2018 is the development of Sam Darnold not trying to win an extra game (going 8-8 instead of 7-9 for example).
    This is not a playoff team, so don’t hinder the franchise QBs development.

  5. tylawspick6 says:
    July 31, 2018 at 8:44 am
    Darnold already a bust.
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    Really lame constant anti-Jets trolling from you. It’s very sad to see how obsessed you are with the Jets. They are so deep inside your head that you should consider some therapy. It’s just not normal.

  6. greenandblue63 says:
    July 31, 2018 at 9:14 am
    First off ty… you’re an idiot. Second, management should give Bowles at least 3 years to work with a new QB. Not fair to expect a lot of wins with a rookie QB and McCown. I’m not sure why everyone is so high on him. His best season of his career was 2900 yards. Why the hell are we praising that like he’s so good. He’s horrible. Period.. I wouldn’t want my QB of the future to learn from a guy that can produce 3000 yards and only got 2000 4 times in a 15 year period.
    …………………………………………………………………………..
    2900 yards in 12 games (fine 12 1/4 games). That is 238.85 yards passing per game, putting him on pace for 3822 for the season…with 24 TDs not amazing but not bad at all. In 2013 with Chicago he actually had his best season, playing 7 games and throwing for 1829 yards and 13 TDS with only one INT (that is on pace for 4180 pass yards and about 30 TDs). He is not an All Pro, but a capable veteran who has always played well when surrounded by a functional supporting cast… he may inevitably get injured, but if a team needs a veteran QB to keep the seat warm & help mentor a young franchise QB one can do a lot worse than Josh McCown.

  7. If that Jets could get anything higher than a 3rd round pick for Teddy consider it a win.

    Gut feeling is they keep Teddy into the season – once an injury occurs – he will become more valuable.

    Also why not let the 3 gut it out in training camp? Good to always have extra talent at a position – especially when historically they have had the opposite in QB department.

    McCown may get the start this year – and that isn’t a bad thing necessarily. Darnold just turned 20. Let him sit for one year – and perhaps he can get in late season if the Jets fall out of playoff contention.

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