Todd Bowles — New York Jets’ quarterback competition remains ‘cloudy’

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LANDOVER, Md. — Rookie Sam Darnold made one dangerous throw Thursday night time in opposition to the Washington Redskins — hardly sufficient to knock him out of the New York Jets’ quarterback competitors.

Regardless of his first skilled interception, Darnold — drafted third general — acquired a optimistic evaluation from coach Todd Bowles, who stated his quarterback resolution stays “cloudy” as a result of all three quarterbacks are viable starters.

“It is at all times been cloudy, it is by no means modified,” Bowles stated after a 15-13 loss at FedEx Area. “It is the identical. It’s going to be a tricky alternative. We have nonetheless obtained two extra video games to play and we’ll go from there.”

As anticipated, Darnold obtained the beginning and performed the primary half earlier than yielding to Teddy Bridgewater. Darnold (Eight-for-11, 62 yards) made some spectacular throws, however his final one was a turnover — a fourth-down interception within the crimson zone.

Bowles absolved Darnold of any blame, saying it was a poor play name.

“As coaches, we’ve got to eat that one,” Bowles stated.

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Bowles stated he would make his beginning quarterback resolution after the fourth preseason recreation. The group will give Darnold each alternative to win the job, nevertheless it may not be a clear-cut name. Bridgewater, who threw a landing and an interception, has made it extra aggressive than anticipated.

“I believed they performed properly,” Bowles stated of Bridgewater and Darnold. “I believed they had been gritty in some hostile conditions. They hung in there robust and performed properly. … We do not like turnovers — however I believed they fought and performed in harder conditions than final week.”

The Jets’ move safety was spotty, placing each quarterback underneath duress at instances. Incumbent Josh McCown, 39, was in uniform however did not play. This night time was all about Darnold and Bridgewater, who might be commerce bait.

Darnold obtained an opportunity to play with the starters for the primary time. He performed solely three collection, together with a 12-play, 42-yard drive for a discipline objective. He linked with six totally different receivers within the recreation and confirmed poise within the pocket.

On the draw back, Darnold took a third-down sack within the crimson zone and, on his subsequent possession, he compelled a fourth-and-1 move into double protection. He did not learn security Deshazor Everett, who undercut a brief move to Jermaine Kearse. Everett tipped the ball and it was intercepted by security Troy Apke on the Redskins’ 16-yard line.

“I simply needed to do away with it,” Darnold stated. “Yeah, it is a turnover — it is an interception — nevertheless it’s not the worst factor that would’ve occurred.”

General, Darnold stated he was inspired by his progress. Noting that he performed solely three years of quarterback in highschool and faculty, he stated, “Each single recreation I play is big. I really feel like I will proceed to develop and get higher each single day. That is what I am most enthusiastic about.”

Bridgewater (10-for-15, 127 yards) supplied the spotlight of the night time — a 17-yard landing move to Charone Peake — however he adopted up with an interception on an underthrown deep ball to Charles Johnson.

The previous Minnesota Vikings starter, who suffered a ugly knee damage in 2016, adsorbed a number of hits and got here away unscathed. Afterward, he stated he truly ran the ball a few instances simply so he may get hit, testing his surgically repaired knee.

“I informed him I’ve a neighborhood the place he may get hit fairly a bit if that is what he desires,” Bowles joked.

In two video games, Bridgewater has led the offense to 20 factors in eight possessions. He has accomplished 74 % of his makes an attempt (17-for-23) for 212 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Darnold’s numbers are comparable: 72 % (21-for-29) for 158 yards, one landing and one interception. However in 10 possessions, he has led the offense to solely 10 factors. “We will play the very best man,” Bowles stated. “We take our notes. I am not going to sit down right here and consider them second by second each recreation within the public.”

The Jets play the New York Giants subsequent Friday night time.

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