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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.

Can the Jets Go From Worst to First in 2018? Pro Football Weekly Discusses Their Chances

There’s been plenty of buzz around the Jets since the NFL Draft nearly two weeks ago, as many think that the turnaround for the team will be swift, and not the long drawn out process that it’s taken for the team to start winning.

Today Pro Football Weekly’s Eric Edholm put out an article ranking all eight last place teams from the 2017 season, and if there’s a chance they can make it all the way to first place in 2018.

According to the article, the Jets have the WORST shot to unseat the Pats for the Division title in 2018 – a feat that won’t come easy.

8. New York Jets (5-11)

The story is that this was a fairly plucky and competitive team last season. They had two truly bad losses (45-20 to the Raiders in Week 2, 23-0 to the Broncos in Week 14) and a lot of close games (3-6 in games decided by eight points or fewer). The Jets were 2-4 in the division, beat three playoff teams and should have beaten the Patriots in Week 6.

However, the reality is that they’re facing overtaking the most dominant team in the past 18 seasons. New England isn’t giving up this division throne easily, not with Tom Brady and a big chunk of offensive firepower back for another run.

Todd Bowles coached extremely well most of last season, especially after the 0-2 start. He saved his job and almost won at New Orleans with Bryce Petty at QB most of the game. But Bowles will be under pressure and could be coaching for his job again. How long does he stick with Josh McCown? Will any of their draft picks — namely Sam Darnold — offer major Year 1 contributions?

The schedule does the Jets few favors, too, with three of the first four on the road and a tricky post-bye slate: both Patriots games, three of the final five on the road, plus home games vs. Deshaun Watson and Aaron Rodgers back to back.

Arrest Warrant Issued for Jets Wide Out Robby Anderson

An arrest warrant has been issued for Jets’ wide receiver Robby Anderson after he and his attorney failed to appear in a Florida court on Tuesday, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

Anderson was scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment hearing on a reckless driving charge from January, but Anderson’s attorney said they were unaware of the hearing and never received notice.

“It will all be cleared up tomorrow,” Ed O’Donnell said Wednesday night. “Robby did not do one thing wrong.”

That charge came from a Jan. 19 arrest in Sunrise, Fla. Anderson originally faced much more serious felony charges, but those were dropped last month. He was left with a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving.

Anderson, who turns 25 next week, allegedly was doing 105 mph in a 45-mph zone and ran two red lights. After coming to a stop, he allegedly told the arresting officer he would find the officer’s wife and “f–k her,” adding some disgusting language. The charges of harm to a public servant, eluding police and resisting arrest were dropped because of insufficient evidence.

Jets Release Quarterback Bryce Petty

The Jets have made a move at the QB spot, as today the team released one-time draft pick Bryce Petty.

One week after selecting Sam Darnold with the No. 3 pick of the NFL draft, the New York Jets addressed their overcrowded quarterback room by waiving former draft pick Bryce Petty on Thursday.

That leaves four quarterbacks on the roster: Darnold, incumbent starter Josh McCown, free-agent addition Teddy Bridgewater and 2016 second-round pick Christian Hackenberg.

The Jets likely will carry only three in the regular season. They tried to trade Petty during the draft, but they found no takers.

Petty, a fourth-round choice in 2015, posted a 1-6 record as a starter over the past two seasons. All told, he had 4 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions and completed just 53 percent of his attempts.

Jets Jamal Adams Jokes He’s Excited to Pick Off Passes From Bills Rookie QB Josh Allen

Jamal Adams seems to be happier than any Bills fan about the team drafting Josh Allen, Ari Gilberg of the New York Daily News reports.

Adams trolled the Bills’ selection on Monday, joking about intercepting the 21-year-old signal caller when the two eventually face off.

First, a Jets fan posted a gif of Allen, who the Bills traded up to draft with the No. 7 pick, throwing an interception while at Wyoming.

“The Josh Allen to Jamal Adams connection for the next decade bout to be SO TIGHT,” the fan wrote, adding three fire emojis.

Adams then quote-tweeted the post, adding “Can’t wait to catch passes from one of my fav QB’s!”

One of the major criticisms against Allen was his accuracy. The strong-armed quarterback completed just 56% of his passes and threw 21 interceptions in his two years as a starter at Wyoming.

How Popular is Sam Darnold’s Jersey Sales Since Being the Jets First Pick?

The Jets jumped at the chance Thursday of taking QB Sam Darnold in the 2018 NFL Draft, and a lot of folks are jumping on the bandwagon and quickly ordering his jersey from anywhere fans can get it.

According to Darren Rovell of ESPN, the sales of Darnold’s jersey thus far five days after the draft are number three of any player drafted.

Here’s the tweet with the top draft picks jersey sales thus far.

Jets Earn an ‘B’ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got a very good grade is that of the Jets, who according to Kiper got an ‘B’ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan went for it last month, giving up three second-round picks — two this year, one next — to move up three spots from No. 6 to No. 3. And the Jets have to be thrilled that quarterback Sam Darnold made it to them. Darnold looked like a lock to be the No. 1 pick after the 2016 season, but he had a shaky season in 2017, committing 22 turnovers (13 interceptions) and developing a few bad habits with his footwork. If he can get that corrected, watch out. New York would have a franchise passer for the next 15 years. If he keeps turning the ball over, it’s not going to be pretty in the AFC East. Darnold needs to get back to his 2016 form — this Jets draft is all about whether he’s the answer.

Without those second-round picks, it’s tough for New York to fill holes elsewhere. And this is a team with several holes. The Jets filled a few in free agency, throwing money at cornerback Trumaine Johnson and linebacker Avery Williamson, for instance, but there aren’t many playmakers here. Who is Darnold — or Josh McCown — going to throw to in 2018? I don’t think Terrelle Pryor Sr. is the answer, and Robby Anderson has off-field issues. I did like the pick of Nathan Shepherd at 72, an active defensive tackle who showed at the Senior Bowl against better competition that he belongs. Tight end Chris Herndon IV (pick 107) was rising up boards over the last few weeks. Cornerback Parry Nickerson (197) ran a 4.32 40 at the combine and was a four-year starter at Tulane.

As I said, this Jets draft is all about Darnold, but giving up three second-round picks to move up three spots is a ton. I think he’s going to end up playing early.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
1/3 Sam Darnold QB USC
3/72 Nathan Shepherd DT FORT HAYS STATE
4/107 Chris Herndon IV TE MIAMI
6/179 Parry Nickerson CB TULANE
6/180 Folorunso Fatukasi DT UCONN
6/204 Trenton Cannon RB VIRGINIA ST

Jets Select USC QB Sam Darnold with Third Pick in 2018 NFL Draft

The Jets have who they hope will be their next franchise quarterback, as with the third pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft the team took USC quarterback Sam Darnold.

A quick look at Darnold:

Darnold took college football by storm during the 2016 season, and even though he wasn’t eligible for the 2017 NFL Draft, the redshirt freshman had scouts buzzing about his pro potential. After a 1-2 start to the 2016 season for USC, Darnold was made the starting quarterback. For his debut season, he was an extremely efficient passer who led the Trojans to a 10-3 record. Darnold lost his first-ever start against a good Utah team, but after that he led his team to ripping off a nine-game win streak to close out the year, including impressive wins over Colorado, Washington, and a comeback Rose Bowl win over Penn State. Darnold completed 67 percent of his passes in 2016 for 3,086 yards with 31 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

The 2017 season was more of a mixed bag for Darnold. The redshirt sophomore completed 63 percent of his passes for 4,143 yards with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He had an up-and-down season with too many turnovers – fumbles were a particular issue beyond the interceptions. Darnold also made some beautiful anticipatory throws with excellent accuracy in just about every game.

There is a lot to like about Darnold as a future starter in the NFL. First and foremost, he is an accurate pocket passer who throws with good ball placement and is very precise in the short to intermediate part of the field. Darnold has excellent anticipation to know when and where receivers are going open. With his feel and timing, Darnold hits receivers on the run, leading them to picking up yards after the catch. He also regularly will throw receivers open and help them to find space to beat tight coverage. Darnold is a natural rhythm thrower who would fit best in a West Coast system to maximize his ability to throw accurately in the short to intermediate part of the field. He is a smooth precision passer who can be deadly when he gets into a good groove.