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How Do the Jets Handle the Quarterback Position in 2018?

How the Jets will handle rookie Sam Darnold as well as the rest of the QB position will be the biggest question this summer around Jets camp.

Today Rich Cimini of ESPN discussed how they will look at the situation, and how much of a true quarterback controversy there will be with the Jets in 2018.

Incumbent Josh McCown, widely respected in the locker room, will be replaced at some point. It’s inevitable. How that switch is handled — the timing, the circumstances, etc. — will be critical.

The Jets have two things working in their favor: McCown is the ultimate team guy and won’t make a stink. Coach Todd Bowles doesn’t have a quick hook. If anything, his hook is too slow. Remember, he was prepared to go the distance last season with McCown over his young quarterbacks even though the team was hopelessly out of playoff contention. He turned to Bryce Petty only after McCown’s season-ending hand injury.

This is a different deal because Darnold, drafted third overall, must play — and will play. The best-case scenario is for Darnold to show everyone — even the McCown supporters — he’s the best quarterback on the team. That would make for a seamless transition. Otherwise, it could get a bit bumpy, especially if Teddy Bridgewater (can’t forget about him) makes a run for the job.


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