The Associated PressFLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets’ three-man quarterback competition could last the entire summer.
Coach Todd Bowles is in no hurry to make his decision on whether it will be Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater or Sam Darnold under center as the starter in the team’s regular-season opener at Detroit on Sept. 10.
“You’ve got to play preseason games,” Bowles said Monday. “I’m not into hypotheticals and nothing that hasn’t happened yet. We’re going to let them play. And after the fourth preseason [game], sometime that week, I’ll make my decision and go from there.
“It’s possible I will make my decision after the fourth week.”
Usually, teams have their starters determined by the third preseason game, when the first-teamers play the bulk of the snaps.
The Jets’ coach could also keep the team’s starter under wraps until the night of the game against the Lions.
“The guy who runs out on the field [Monday night] in Week 1, we’ll see who the starter is,” he said.
McCown is the incumbent and still is No. 1 on the depth chart with the first unofficial list released Monday. But, Bridgewater — who’s No. 2 — and Darnold — listed at No. 3 — saw extensive action in practice.
McCown got just 10 snaps in team drills, while Bridgewater had 32 and Darnold a whopping 55, including 16 with the starting offensive line.
“They’re going to play [preseason] games,” Bowles said of Bridgewater and Darnold. “And, I didn’t see enough work Saturday [in the scrimmage at Rutgers]. So we needed more work today on certain situations that Josh has been through.”
Bowles said he has an idea of how the Jets will use their quarterbacks in the preseason opener against Atlanta on Friday, but wants to discuss it with his staff before revealing the plan. In fact, there’s no guarantee that McCown will even play against the Falcons.
Last summer, McCown played the first series of the preseason opener and didn’t see the field again until three games later as the Jets gave Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg extended looks.