Jets OTAs Day 1: Quarterbacks In Review

May 22, 2018 - 4:48 pm


The New York Jets arrived Tuesday for Day 1 of OTAs. The topic that everyone will be discussing the entire offseason will be the quarterback position. Will rookie QB Sam Darnold get to start this season? Will Josh McCown or Teddy Bridgewater be the Week 1 starter? Does Christian Hackenberg remain on the roster? There are a ton of questions to be answered and three QBs fighting for the top spot. This is the first of 10 OTAs before training camp arrives in July. Let's take a look at how the four quarterbacks did on Day 1. 

Sam Darnold

All eyes are on Darnold this offseason. The Jets were ecstatic to have the former USC quarterback fall in their lap with the third overall pick in last month's draft. Now we find out if he has what it takes to start on the big stage. Most people don't expect him to be the Week 1 starter, but many believe he will get a chance to start at some point this year, depending on how the team does in the first half of the season. 

According to ESPN's Rich Cimini, Darnold led all QBs with 21 reps, which all came with backups. He completely only 2 of 10 passes in team drills and was sacked twice. He was indecisive in the pocket, double-clutching a few times, and had miscommunications with his receivers. Clearly, it will take some time for the rookie to jell with the offense. 

Teddy Bridgewater

Some good news to come from Day 1 is the health of Bridgewater. He last started all 16 games in 2015 and only appeared as a backup in one game last season with the Vikings, but he wasn't limited Tuesday and showed some mobility, which is what made him a solid QB in Minnesota. He looked sharp on the move, a positive sign in his recovery from knee surgery in 2016. 

Bridgewater has a chance to compete for the starting job, and it would not be shocking to see him outplay both Darnold and McCown to become the Week 1 starter. 

Josh McCown

The Jets gave McCown a cushy $10 million contract for one season, which included a $5 million signing bonus. McCown had 13 reps Tuesday, all with the first team. McCown's second pass was intercepted by newly signed cornerback Trumaine Johnson. McCown is the odds-on favorite to be the Week 1 starter, especially considering what the Jets paid him, but it could be a heck of a preseason battle between him, Bridgewater and Darnold.  

Christian Hackenberg

Hackenberg did not take a single snap in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 drills. Hours later, in an unsurprising move, the Jets traded the former second-round draft pick to the Oakland Raiders for a conditional seventh-rounder

In non-QB news, Terrelle Pryor was not in attendance Tuesday at OTAs. According to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta, Pryor suffered another ankle injury this offseason. He dealt with ankle issues and had surgery last November with the Redskins.