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-- The Jets are through just six of 10 organized team activities practices, but wide receiver Quincy Enunwa has already noticed a big difference in the team's offense. 

The past two seasons, under coordinator Chan Gailey, the Jets' receivers had more opportunities to freelance and change their routes than they do now under the team's new coordinator, John Morton. This is something quarterback Bryce Petty also recently mentioned. "Last year, we were able to kind of switch up what the route was," Enunwa told NJ Advance Media on Saturday. "You could kind of do certain things. But with this offense, you've really got to do what you're told. You've got to do exactly what is given to you. And when you do, plays are made." 

Enunwa spoke at ex-Jets and current Giants receiver Brandon Marshall's Receiver Factory youth football camp, held at Capelli Sport Center. Enunwa -- who is the Jets' No. 2 receiver, behind Eric Decker -- likes what he sees from Morton's offense. It likely will have lots of West Coast schematic tendencies, considering Morton's background. 

"I love it so far," Enunwa said. "I think it's a good opportunity for guys to get the ball and make plays. It's also a great opportunity for us to not get as many turnovers. It's really predicated to getting the ball out fast. There are many audibles to create quick throws. I think everybody is kind of buying in." Turnovers were a huge issue for the Jets last season, when they finished 31st in Football Outsiders' offensive DVOA ratings. The Jets ranked second in the NFL in giveaways in 2016. Only the Chargers (35) had more turnovers than the Jets' 34. The Jets led the NFL with 25 interceptions thrown, four more than the Chargers.  

This spring, Morton has constantly harped on limiting turnovers -- for good reason. 

"He preaches it almost every day -- 82 percent," Enunwa said. "You're going to win 82 percent of your games if you win the turnover battle. I think that's something that we are always keeping in the back of our minds." Enunwa last season had 58 catches (second on the team) for 857 yards (first) and four touchdowns (first). The former sixth-round draft pick is entering a contract year in 2017. But he said he won't play with any extra spark this season as he auditions for a new deal. 

"I've been sparked, man, since I hit the field," he said. "It doesn't change anything." The Jets this week conclude OTAs with four practices. Next week, they will have three mandatory minicamp practices. Those are their final practices until they report to training camp on July 28. 

>     http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2017/06/quincy_enunwa_sees_this_big_change_in_john_mortons.html#incart_river_index

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Josh McCown is the odds-on favorite to be the Jets starting quarterback Week 1. Christian Hackenberg figures to be the runner up, and his eventual replacement. 

Bryce Petty is, well, an afterthought. 

A fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft, Petty saw action in six games last year. There were some positives, but not much. He completed just over 56 percent of his passes, and threw three touchdowns to six interceptions. He tore his left shoulder labrum in Week 16, and ended the season on the injured reserve. 

Petty hasn't looked great in organized team activities this year, which is to be expected. He's learning a brand new offense. But should critics already write him off in the Jets' wide-open quarterback competition? Or does he have better odds than some expect?

That and more discussed in this week's Jets Chat. Watch the complete rebroadcast below. 

>     http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2017/06/jets_chat_does_bryce_petty_have_a_chance_to_start.html#incart_river_index

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After deciding to move on from two of their best veteran players Tuesday, the New York Jets received this grim assessment from an executive of another team :

From an NFL exec- "I think the Jets might have the worst roster I've seen in a decade."

 
Multiple Jets beat reporters are outright accusing the franchise of losing games on purpose -- something general manager Mike Maccagnan did not offer a convincing denial of on Tuesday when speaking to the media."That's not something we're focused on," Maccagnan said, via the New York Post. "We're focused on making decisions to help this team going forward. ... That's not our focus."

While going young is something teams are often praised for -- Cleveland is in the middle of a similar rebuild -- the Jets cut valued veterans in June after a practice. They also seem to be abandoning the Christian Hackenberg experiment altogether -- or at least plan to put him and their other quarterbacks in a brutal rock-in-a-hard-place scenario.The inevitable chorus that followed Tuesday's moves was to wonder why the team wouldn't just start Hackenberg all season long if they were going to lose anyway. But imagine: A player deemed so unready to play last year that he was completely redshirted during a lost season now going out to perform with a roster far worse than the one that couldn't support him a few months ago. Is the chance of selecting one of the three big-name quarterbacks who may or may not declare for the draft in 2018 worth it?

The club's No. 1 receiver, Eric Decker, is now gone. Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson are the team's starting wide receivers with the suspended Jalin Marshall the next-best option on the bench. A recovering Austin Seferian-Jenkins could start at tight end with Kelvin Beachum at left tackle and Brent Qvale on the right side.

This would torch Hackenberg's career, even if he's confident in himself.

"I know what I can do and I know what my coaching staff feels that I can do," he told NorthJersey.com Tuesday night. "I'm just confident in my abilities, and when I get my opportunities I'll do that. I'm confident that I can play at this level and play at a high level. When I get my opportunity, I'm going to take advantage of it."Maybe everyone weighing in now is just being short-sighted. The Jets have been accused of thinking small for years and now it's time to broaden the scope and build something competitive three or four years from now. But in the meantime, how many careers will this rebuild bring down with it? How does a 37-year-old, oft-injured Josh McCown feel about toiling in this offense? Is this a place where Hackenberg wants to develop ?

Can he ?

>      http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000813692/article/jets-cuts-raise-questions-about-near-future-at-qb

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It was just one short pass during one red zone series during one OTA practice in early June.

It was pretty nonetheless.

What was "it"? Merely a 3-yard touchdown pass from Christian Hackenbergicon-article-link.gif into the outstretched hands of one veteran wide receiver over the defense of a veteran corner on the right side of the end zone at Tuesday's practice.Hackenberg, the second-year signalcaller battling with Josh McCownicon-article-link.gif and Bryce Pettyicon-article-link.gif for the Jets' starting QB job, downplayed the significance of the "score," which came indoors, in the Atlantic Health Training Center fieldhouse, due to the rainy conditions outside."It was a good look," he said, adding that the receiver "made a great play, great adjustment, so that’s good to get those types of plays in the spring."

It's good to get them from all the players, wide receivers ... and quarterbacks.

To be sure, Hackenberg had a few offline passes in Tuesday's practice. And there's no way for us to handicap the QB derby at this point. But last year's second-round draft pick has been getting noticed for some strong throws at recent practices.Head coach Todd Bowles wasn't asked about Hackenberg at his news conference today, since a few more urgent topics took precedence. But last week he was upbeat about his youngest QB."He's coming along pretty good," Bowles said. "He's getting a grasp of the offense and learning it. ... I've seen spurts."

Hackenberg agreed that his comfort level is higher this year than it was as a rookie, even though he's learning his fourth offense in the last five years (two at Penn State and his second in his two Jets seasons)."I'm not going to say night and day," he said, adding, "I feel a lot better going in there, having a great understanding of what’s going on, being able to have the time with Josh and the coaching staff and really hit it hard in terms of what we’re installing. [Coordinator John Morton] is putting a lot of stuff on us, so we’ve had to study and work extra, and that’s helping. Being able to go out there and actually take those reps and do it live has been great, so I’d say I feel a lot more comfortable than last year."

Comfortable enough to handicap his position in the QB competition at this early stage? No, that's not how Hackenberg rolls. But he did have a strong statement when asked by Record columnist Tara Sullivan why people around the NFL seem to have such fixed opinions about his NFL ability already."That’s their opinions. I can’t really speak for them. It’s whoever it is," he said. "But I know what I can do and I know what my coaching staff feels that I can do, so I’m just confident in my abilities and when I get my opportunity to play I’m going to do that.

"I’m confident that I can play at this level and play at a high level, so I'm going to go and, when I get my opportunity, take advantage of that."

>     http://www.newyorkjets.com/news/article-7/Confidence-Rising-for-Christian-Hackenberg/03105fef-52c9-4552-84e1-a92e93ed1f00

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Contractually, coach Todd Bowles has no control over the 53-man roster and personnel moves -- that's the general manager's domain -- but he's in charge of the lineup every week. He will play the players who give him the best chance to win because that's what coaches do, especially coaches coming off a 5-11 season. For Week 1, that probably means Josh McCown at quarterback.

The question is, is that what the higher-ups want?

The New York Jets have a potential storm developing at quarterback; you can see it forming on the horizon.

Clearly, owner Woody Johnson is already focused on 2018 -- what, is there a '17 season? -- and part of that long-term view means evaluating QB Christian Hackenberg and determining whether he's the future of the franchise.Based on the David Harris and Eric Decker bombshells, Johnson is prepared to go with the kids even if it means losing big, with the hope that it leads to a brighter future. One school of thought suggests the Jets should start the season with Hackenberg, because why not? After all, what's the difference between 2-14 and 4-12, right?That would be the wrong approach, and if Johnson forces his coach to go with Hackenberg before he's ready ... well, he'd return the Jets to their dysfunctional days. Hackenberg shouldn't be the opening-day starter unless he earns the job in the preseason. There should be no freebies, not even in a rebuilding year, because it sends a bad message to the rest of the locker room.

"I know what I can do and I know what my coaching staff feels I can do," Hackenberg said Tuesday, adding, "I'm confident I can play at this level and play at a high level. When I get the opportunity, I'm going to take advantage of it."

Love the attitude -- a quarterback needs that kind of moxie -- but he still has to show it on the field. Until he does that, or until McCown hits the inevitable wall, Hackenberg should remain on the sideline. Relax, it's a long season. He'll still start at least 10 games, count on it.This is bigger than just the quarterback position. The Jets are installing a new offense with young receivers and young tight ends, and they need someone who can manage the game and allow the skill-position talent to develop. That's McCown's job; he's the classic bridge quarterback. He'll get the offense to a certain point, and then it will be time to turn it over to Hackenberg.Speaking to season-ticket holders last week at a town hall, Bowles suggested he has a pretty good idea of how the quarterback competition will turn out, noting that Hackenberg and Bryce Petty are fighting an uphill battle because they lack experience in a West Coast-style system. It's not hard to connect the dots. Bowles expects McCown to emerge, probably to the chagrin of the fan base.

It sounds good now, but there are conflicting agendas within the organization, and that could lead to tension down the road.

>      http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/69220/early-signs-of-jets-quarterback-controversy-start-to-emerge

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Each week, we pick a hot-button question for our New York Jets mailbag. This week, if focuses on the quarterback position and rebuilding, which became a huge issue with the release of David Harris and imminent departure of Eric Decker.

Wondering about the Jets' latest roster moves + direction of the team? Accepting questions for the mailbag. Please use #jetsmail

@RichCimini #jetsmail if the jets are clearing house why pick up 38 year old josh mccown who's proven to be the not so best when there were other option
@RichCimini : I can certainly understand why you'd ask this question, considering the obvious youth movement. I'll break up my answer into two parts: The overall philosophy of the decision and the other candidates who were considered.

The philosophy : First of all, age isn't a huge deal for quarterbacks. Some of the best in the league are in their mid- to late 30s, including Tom Brady, who turns 40 in August. Mainly, the Jets wanted a cheap but experienced game manager who won't make a stink when he's inevitably benched for Christian Hackenberg or Bryce Petty. They also wanted a reasonably competent quarterback, someone who won't bring down everybody around him. If the quarterback struggles, everybody struggles, and that would stunt the development of their many young players.

This limited their options. They wound up with Josh McCown, who checks all the boxes. He's the quintessential bridge quarterback. In addition, he has had experience in a West Coast-style offense and he played under quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates. It's not like they had a lot of great choices.They showed early interest in Mike Glennon, but they deemed him too expensive ($18.5 million guaranteed). If they had signed Glennon or any quarterback for that amount, it would've been curtains for Hackenberg and Petty.

They made a competitive offer to Brian Hoyer, I'm told, but he wanted no part of the Jets; he wanted to reunite with Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco. They flirted with Jay Cutler, but never made an offer. Chances are, he would've been out of their price range anyway. They visited with Chase Daniel, but you're talking about a career backup with limited game experience. Colin Kaepernick ? Yeah, right. There's no way owner Woody Johnson, a Republican honcho and potential U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom, would've signed off on the polarizing Kaepernick.

The Jets' circuitous search led them to McCown, who turns 38 on July 4. He will be the highest-paid babysitter ($6 million) in the history of mankind.

>     http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/69262/jets-create-odd-mix-youth-movement-led-by-38-year-old-quarterback

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer

The New York Jets close the offseason with a mandatory, three-day minicamp, starting Tuesday. Five players I'll be watching :

QB Christian Hackenberg : Technically, he's competing with veteran Josh McCown and Bryce Petty for the starting job, but people have lost sight of the true purpose of these offseason practices. For Hackenberg, it's all about learning and building a base of knowledge. This is his first exposure to a West Coast-style offense -- and his first extensive exposure to an NFL defense, for that matter -- meaning no sound football person should expect him to overtake McCown anytime soon. It's really Hackenberg versus Hackenberg. It's his job to absorb as much as the offense as possible, then put it to good use in training camp. By then, he can make a run at the No. 1 job (maybe). For now, he's taking baby steps, learning the nuances of his craft. A strong minicamp would be a confidence booster.

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-- When the New York Jets face the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 10, their starting quarterback probably will be Josh McCown, who will be 38 by then. Some might wonder if that makes sense for the Jets: If you're rebuilding with young players, why not have a young quarterback such as Christian Hackenberg play?

On Tuesday, coach Todd Bowles provided an unusually candid answer."Even when you go to kindergarten," he said, "somebody has to be the teacher."

With those 12 words, Bowles neatly summarized why McCown should be, and will be, the opening-day starter. The Jets brought him in to be their bridge quarterback, and it makes no sense to blow up the bridge before Week 1. Hackenberg will get his chance in the regular season, probably sooner than later, but it would be a mistake to rush him.

Some fans and media types are calling for Hackenberg to be the Week 1 starter based on absurd logic: The Jets are going to stink anyway, so what's the difference who plays quarterback?Well, there is a difference. If the quarterback can't manage the game, everybody on the offense suffers. From a scouting standpoint, it's hard to evaluate players, especially wide receivers, if the quarterback is unable to function in his position.

Hackenberg actually enjoyed a positive day Tuesday in Day 1 of minicamp, but he's miles behind McCown in terms of his grasp of the offense. The Jets have been pleased with Hackenberg's baby steps, but they know it would be too much, too soon to elevate him to the starting job. Best-case scenario: He gets some quality reps in the preseason and builds his confidence, which will help him when the inevitable transition takes place.

The Jets will be young on offense. Six projected starters have fewer than three years of experience, and the average age of the 11 projected starters is 27.3. But guess what? They're even younger on defense, where the projected starters' average age is 25.2.Talk about kindergarten. That's why, to use Bowles' analogy, they should've kept linebacker David Harris. He would've been the McCown of the defense, the wise head who organizes everybody. It was a bad move to unload Harris, and the timing stunk. Several players said they were stunned by his ouster last week.

"Dave was the quarterback of our defense," Leonard Williams said.

On Tuesday, Demario Davis played the Mike linebacker position with the starting defense. He's a capable NFL player with starting experience, but he has never run a defense. Now he's the proverbial next man up, trying to lead one of the youngest defensive units in the league.

>   http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/69311/todd-bowles-jets-are-kindergarten-class-and-josh-mccown-is-the-teacher

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THE NFL’s desire to become a year-round, around-the clock enterprise has turned its silly season into a knee-slapper with an inordinate amount of fake news. Molehills morph into mountains in this fast-moving news cycle. The need to fill every waking moment with information has put plenty of unsuspecting players in the crosshairs, including those relatively new to the scene.

The ridiculousness surrounding Christian Hackenberg this offseason is disappointing on myriad fronts. He’s unwittingly become a lightning rod, fodder in an overly analytical landscape. Frankly, he deserves better treatment.Fairness is in the eye of the beholder, but from my vantage point, the young quarterback hasn’t exactly received the benefit of the doubt a little more than a year into his professional life. Granted, I have no earthly idea whether he’ll blossom in his second season and beyond, but I know that it’s patently absurd to dissect his every move in coordinated practices designed to help his development.

It's a wonder that we haven't broken down his pre-practice stretching routine yet.

(Full disclosure: I fell into that trap during the Great War of 2012: Tebow vs. Sanchez before fully grasping the absurdity of tracking such nonsense.)

Two Hackenberg passes prompted plenty of chatter last week. Here’s the truth about the pair of “errant” throws that became water cooler talk:

1) A wide receiver slipped on his break on a corner route in passing drills as Hackenberg’s throw flew out of bounds and in the direction of media members lined up a few feet off the sideline. Conclusion: Not a big deal.

2) Hackenberg's pass in individual drills sailed over the shortest receiver on the roster at the time — 5-9 undrafted rookie Brisly Estime. Conclusion: Whoopty-freakin-do.

It’s no secret that Hackenberg, who had a 56.1 completion rate in three seasons in college, needs to improve his accuracy at the next level, but it’s misleading to intimate that he’s some sort of out-of-control gunslinger hitting innocent bystanders off in the distance.It’s true that there were folks on One Jets Drive less than impressed by Hackenberg last season. One eyewitness at nearly every practice told me in January that the then-rookie would never make it. Woody Johnson even cracked a joke about the young quarterback’s accuracy issues right after the season in the wake of an ESPN report. Those sweeping assessments are as unfair today as they were at the time they were made.

Perhaps time will prove those critics right, but the notion of dissecting a player's performance in three offseason practices (in shorts, mind you) is as useless as it is just plain wrong. Remember, Hackenberg has only 47 preseason pass attempts on his professional resume.The organization has indeed seen tangible growth from Hackenberg this spring. The brain trust believes he’s playing faster with much better mechanics than a year ago. He has his fair share of corrections to make, but again: This is PRACTICE.

“I feel like his confidence is growing every day and he improves every day,” veteran quarterback Josh McCown said Tuesday before the start of the team’s three-day minicamp. “You can see that. His grasp of the system has been really good. The coaches are doing a heck of a job of teaching it. He’s just taking to coaching. You see it rep by rep … his improvement. I think that’s cool.”

Coaches have tested Hackenberg in this environment to get clarity on what he can and cannot do at the moment. Mistakes in practices are inevitable. It’s part of the learning process.

The team is encouraged by Hackenberg’s progress, but fully aware that he has plenty left to learn in new offensive coordinator John Morton’s West Coast-inspired offense.“It’s going to take time. … I feel like he’s improving tremendously,” McCown said. “Obviously he’s a big strong guy that can make all the throws. So that parts attractive. Now it’s about getting him to a level in this offense where he feels really comfortable.”It's a big-boy league that requires big-boy pants, but the seemingly gratuitous nitpicking of a player learning a new system in his second season is silly. Hackenberg will get his opportunity to show everyone how much he has learned beginning this preseason. He’ll get his chance at some point in the regular season, too.

If he stinks up the joint, he’ll be fair game for criticism. If it becomes clear that he’s not the franchise quarterback, the Jets will take a swing at the coveted position at the top of the 2018 draft.Hackenberg has the right mindset amid the scrutiny. Time will tell whether or not he’s got the goods.

That time is not today. 

>     http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/early-nitpick-jets-qb-christian-hackenberg-article-1.3244563

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Jets QB coach Jeremy Bates defends Christian Hackenberg’s accuracy

Posted by Curtis Crabtree on June 14, 2017, 11:38 PM EDT
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Chritstian Hackenberg’s accuracy (or lack thereof) has been questioned repeatedly since the New York Jets selected the Penn State product in the second round of last year’s NFL Draft.

Hackenberg did not play in a regular season game last season despite injuries and struggles by the rest of the quarterbacks on the roster. An unnamed coach said Hackenberg “couldn’t hit the ocean” with his passes at the end of last season. Meanwhile this offseason, Hackenberg’s passes have occasionally ended up caroming off reporters on the sidelines or defenders instead of his intended targets.But Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates doesn’t buy the assessment of Hackenberg’s accuracy. According to Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News, Bates defended the ability of Hackenberg to throw accurately.

I think he’s real accurate,” Bates said. “I think he’s throwing the ball well. He’s throwing it on time. Part of accuracy is knowing where to go with the ball, and each day, he plays faster. He gets in a rhythm. And I think everyone in the building is excited to see where he’s going. I think he’s accurate.”Whether Hackenberg is accurate enough and capable enough to earn a starting role with the Jets remains to be seen. The fact he couldn’t get on the field last year wasn’t a good sign. Regardless of what Bates says, Hackenberg has to prove it on the field in order for the questions about his accuracy to subside.

>    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/06/14/jets-qb-coach-jeremy-bates-defends-christian-hackenbergs-accuracy/

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26 minutes ago, kelly said:

Jets QB coach Jeremy Bates defends Christian Hackenberg’s accuracy

Posted by Curtis Crabtree on June 14, 2017, 11:38 PM EDT
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Chritstian Hackenberg’s accuracy (or lack thereof) has been questioned repeatedly since the New York Jets selected the Penn State product in the second round of last year’s NFL Draft.

Hackenberg did not play in a regular season game last season despite injuries and struggles by the rest of the quarterbacks on the roster. An unnamed coach said Hackenberg “couldn’t hit the ocean” with his passes at the end of last season. Meanwhile this offseason, Hackenberg’s passes have occasionally ended up caroming off reporters on the sidelines or defenders instead of his intended targets.But Jets quarterback coach Jeremy Bates doesn’t buy the assessment of Hackenberg’s accuracy. According to Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News, Bates defended the ability of Hackenberg to throw accurately.

I think he’s real accurate,” Bates said. “I think he’s throwing the ball well. He’s throwing it on time. Part of accuracy is knowing where to go with the ball, and each day, he plays faster. He gets in a rhythm. And I think everyone in the building is excited to see where he’s going. I think he’s accurate.”Whether Hackenberg is accurate enough and capable enough to earn a starting role with the Jets remains to be seen. The fact he couldn’t get on the field last year wasn’t a good sign. Regardless of what Bates says, Hackenberg has to prove it on the field in order for the questions about his accuracy to subside.

>    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/06/14/jets-qb-coach-jeremy-bates-defends-christian-hackenbergs-accuracy/

I would thin that this player has to prove it to the person who's making these claims, and not the people who writes about stuff they're not allowed to witness .

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 -- School's out.

After 10 OTA practices and a three-day minicamp, the New York Jets' kindergarten broke for summer vacation on Thursday, with everybody still wondering about the class ranking. We're talking about the quarterbacks, of course.

Even though all signs point to Josh McCown as the opening-day starter, coach Todd Bowles refused to give anyone an edge in the so-called competition. When asked if McCown is the frontrunner, Bowles said, "Not at this time. I don't look at anybody as the frontrunner. We'll wait until training camp and we'll sort it out there."Bowles wasn't about to declare a favorite at this point, no way. He wants to maintain the competition as long as possible, gauging how Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty respond to that pressure. Most importantly, he wants to give the two young quarterbacks as many reps as possible. They need the work.There's also this: Despite his experience and knowledge of the offense, McCown didn't exactly blow away the field in minicamp. That has to be a bit troubling. He threw three interceptions, compared with two for Hackenberg and one for Petty. Overall, McCown was more efficient and more commanding than the two young pups, but it wasn't a wide margin.

The big story was Hackenberg; he made progress. Make no mistake, he still was inconsistent -- sometimes on a down-to-down basis -- but he showed some arm talent and appeared more decisive than last year at the line of scrimmage and with his reads."Hack got to play and learn a lot more," Bowles said. "From a confidence standpoint, it picked up quite a bit. He got some timing down and he has a good feel for the offense, so I expect him to come back for training camp and just let loose and throw the ball without thinking."

Bowles gave a similar assessment of Petty. It's important to remember he and Hackenberg are new to the West Coast offense, known for its wordy play calls. Hackenberg admitted the verbiage is "definitely a little bit of an adjustment." The spring was all about learning; they should be able to actually compete in training camp.

"I just wanted to come in and take advantage of my reps and learn as much as I could in the meeting room," Hackenberg said.

Unofficially, McCown took about 40 percent of the total reps in minicamp, followed by Hackenberg (32 percent) and Petty (28 percent). But the numbers are a bit skewed because McCown took only two reps on Thursday. The final practice was devoted to Hackenberg and Petty. In fact, most of the starters got the day off.Bowles refused to divulge anything about his plan for training camp. In the past, he gave the majority of the reps to the presumptive starter, but he may have to tweak that if he wants to continue Hackenberg's development. It'll be hard to maintain a three-way competition; there's simply not enough practice time.Clearly, Bowles values McCown's experience. When asked earlier in the week about why he'd choose a 38-year-old quarterback to lead his youth movement, the coach said, "Even when you go to kindergarten, somebody has to be the teacher."

It's not hard to read the handwriting on the wall. Unless he morphs into Derek Carr, Hackenberg won't be able to make up that much ground in a six-week training camp.

>       http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/69361/jets-coach-expects-christian-hackenberg-to-let-loose-in-camp

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On 5/24/2017 at 8:39 PM, Joe W. Namath said:

I feel we got the shortest straw w/ this guy.

Potential lame duck head coach with no offensive talent.   It's not like Bill Walsh was lining up to try to turn it around.

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Jeremy Bates is an intense guy. That comes across in the Jets quarterback coach's creased brow, his speaking cadence, and some of the phrases he uses.One of those phrases is emphasizing "the moment" — looking for the moment, working in the moment. It's not surprising, then, that Bates didn't want to dwell on past moments of the previous four years, when he was out of the NFL coaching ranks.

But since Bates' fieldhouse news conference with Jets reporters during the Jets' full-squad minicamp today was his first media session since joining Todd Bowles' 2017 staff, he fielded a few questions on his hiatus and provided some insight into where he'd been and why he's here now."I think at the time it was the right time for me to step aside, find out some things about myself, and have the opportunity to do some other things outside of football," he said. "I did a lot of hiking, a lot of traveling. I stayed involved with the game. I'm not going to really focus on my last four years. At the end of the day, I think it made me a better person, I think it made me a better teacher, and I look forward to being a coach this year."

Bowles, new coordinator John Morton — who coached with him at Southern Cal — and his QBs have all spoken highly of Bates and his coaching methods. And Bates spoke highly of the three men in the quarterbacks room with him who are vying to be the starter beginning Sept. 10 at Buffalo. Some Bates-ian comments from today's session :

Josh McCownicon-article-link.gif  "His knowledge of the game's gotten better and he's playing at a high standard right now. It's exciting to watch him play. And it's been well documented what kind of person he is. ... When you're in the same room as him, there's like a brightness to it, it just puts a smile on your face. ... He's able to share all his knowledge with the younger quarterbacks. He's competing against them but at the same time he's trying to help them. So you couldn't ask for a better guy in the room."

Bryce Pettyicon-article-link.gif  "Bryce is coming off surgery and hasn't missed a beat, he hasn't flinched. He's out there every day grinding, throwing, hasn't missed a snap. He has a great skillset. He makes a lot of plays 'off schedule,' he has football savvy, and he dove right into the playbook."

Christian Hackenbergicon-article-link.gif  "He's throwing the ball with speed. The hardest part of a new offense is just starting from the first playbook. You have formations, you have protections. He's growing every day. ... I think he's throwing the ball well, he's throwing on time. ... I think he's accurate. ... There's going to be bumps in the road. We can't hit the same bumps the next day. He's shown progress and he keeps going forward."One Bates bullet point came in response to a question on Petty that was framed by saying that many see him as the No. 3 man in this competition.

"First of all, there's no numbers. Right now we're all competing. There's no rank, no order," he said. "We're excited about all three guys in the room. We're not looking at numbers, we're not counting reps. We're just going to make the most of our opportunity and see where it goes."And the second-time-around Jets coach (Bates was Herm Edwards' QBs coach in 2005) gave his mindset about the season ahead for the entire team when he was asked if a very young wideout corps puts pressure on the QBs who will be throwing to them.

"We're all in it it together," he said. "There's pressure on the quarterbacks, there's pressure on the receivers, there's pressure on the offensive linemen. This is a pressure business. But we're a family, we're going to grind together, and we're going to come out and compete."

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  • Rich CiminiESPN Staff Writer

A look at what's happening around the New York Jets :

1. Looking out for No. 1: They haven't said this publicly, but the Jets' rebuilding plan focuses, in large part, on next year's quarterback-heavy draft. Owner Woody Johnson, always fixated on the quarterback position, is thinking big -- 2017 season, be damned.The three prospects creating the most buzz are USC's Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen (both listed as 6-foot-4), along with Wyoming's Josh Allen (6-foot-5). I spoke with an AFC scout who has done extensive work on all three, and he shared his thoughts on the condition of anonymity. Keep in mind, they're draft-eligible underclassmen, so there's no guarantee they will turn pro. (See: Peyton Manning, 1997.)

"It makes a whole lot of sense if they get a Sam Darnold to start their re-boot," the scout said of the Jets' plan. "Honestly, if they're pulling a Cleveland Browns, they can't go wrong with any one of these guys."

His thoughts on each quarterback :

  • Darnold (career stats: 13 games, 67.2 completion percentage, 31 touchdowns, nine interceptions): "He's pretty much as advertised. He's extremely heady and smart. He's technically sound and very accurate. He sees the game and he sees the big picture. There's a poise about him that's uncommon. He just plays the game fast and smart. He won't have as many weapons this year, so that will be something to watch. ... I didn't (scout) Deshaun Watson, but I think he's a better prospect than (Patrick) Mahomes and (Mitchell) Trubisky. He doesn't have as good an arm as some guys, but he's accurate and has great instincts for the position."

  • Rosen (19 games, 59.7 percentage, 33 touchdowns, 16 interceptions): "He's probably the most polished of all three. If you drew up a prototypical pocket passer in your head, it probably would come out looking like him. He has good mechanics and a smooth delivery. Good athleticism. He just makes plays. ... I'd say Darnold is a better runner, but they're both very good athletes. Unfortunately, he got hurt last year (shoulder), so it'll be interesting to see how he comes back from that."

  • Allen (15 games, 56.2 percentage, 28 touchdowns, 15 interceptions): "He's definitely not as far along as the other two, but he has freakish tools and size and arm strength. He makes flash plays that tell you he has NFL-starting ability. I'm glad he went back to school because he still has room to make another jump. The game will slow down for him and he'll become more of a passer. ... He has a lot of upside. I think he's similar to Mahomes. Mahomes had more experience at a higher level, but this kid is bigger, faster and a better athlete."

2. What about Christian Hackenberg ? The Jets haven't given up on the former second-round pick, who is making some progress, but he's hardly a sure thing. From a scouting perspective, he doesn't have as much upside as Darnold, Rosen and Allen.Toward the end of last season, an unnamed Jets assistant told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Hackenberg "couldn't hit the ocean." The other day, new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates painted a different picture, saying, "I think he's real accurate. I think he’s throwing the ball well. He’s throwing it on time. Part of accuracy is knowing where to go with the ball, and each day, he plays faster. He gets in a rhythm. And I think everyone in the building is excited to see where he’s going. I think he’s accurate.”Unofficially, Hackenberg completed about 60 percent of his passes in minicamp, but spring stats mean nothing. The first real test in Aug. 12, the preseason opener.

3. History of top picks: Judging from the comments on my Twitter timeline, it seems like most Jets fans are willing to suffer this season if it ensures a potential franchise quarterback in the draft. A word of warning, though: History tells us a high quarterback pick doesn't guarantee a championship.Of the 22 quarterbacks picked in the top five since 2000, only three have played in a Super Bowl -- Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and Eli Manning, the only one to win it. Moral of the story: You need an elite quarterback to contend, but it also takes a strong supporting cast.

4. Wide-receiver jinx: It's tough to be a Jets receiver these days. Consider the rash of injuries that occurred during the offseason program: Devin Smith (torn ACL), ArDarius Stewart (thumb and groin surgery), Quinton Patton (foot surgery), Chad Hansen (knee) and Quincy Enunwa (shoulder/neck).And let's not forget about the off-the-field issues: Jalin Marshall (four-game PED suspension) and Robby Anderson (arrest).Oh, yeah, one more: Their most accomplished receiver, Eric Decker, got fired.

5. Money matters: The Jets still have an important piece of bookkeeping to address before the start of training camp -- Jamal Adams' contract.Adams (No. 6 overall) is one of eight unsigned first-round picks, including four of the top six. Because of the rookie wage scale, it's uncommon for a contract dispute to extend into training camp, although we saw a long and nasty battle last summer between Joey Bosa (No. 4 overall) and the Los Angeles Chargers. Eventually, Adams will land a four-year deal for $22.3 million, fully guaranteed.Adams doesn't seem concerned. He said he's looking forward to his first summer vacation since high school, with getaways to Orlando and out West. He plans to work out daily, adding, "I'm always thinking about football."

6. A true sleeper: After a one-year exile in Cleveland, Demario Davis is revitalized in mind and body. He dropped five pounds in the offseason (down to 240) and swears he's "much faster" than in previous years."I rebuilt my engine," said Davis, the favorite to replace David Harris at middle linebacker.How'd he do that? He credited a "great diet" and a lot of sleep. He believes a proper amount of sleep helps the body recover faster. His nightly goal: 9 1/2 hours. Personally, I'd sign up for that.

7. Praise from a Hall of Famer: In his first interview since being hired, outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene expressed an affinity for rookie Dylan Donahue. He said Donahue "is a hunter. He has a hunter's heart. That's what you need as a player, playing his position -- pass rusher. You have to continue to hunt the quarterback, and he has that. He's wild and he's on the edge, and I like that, too. It's all good."Donahue, a fifth-round pick from Division II West Georgia, got quality reps in minicamp, working with the first-team nickel defense. Greene's praise notwithstanding, the Jets won't know what they truly have in Donahue until they begin contact practices and games. He's a high-motor player, and they tend to stand out in padless practices. The dynamic changes when they start hitting.

8. Breaking: Jets will employ a fullback: They didn't have one last year in Chan Gailey's one-back system, but things will be different under new offensive coordinator Johnny Morton. Not only will they carry a fullback, but they expect him to be good. The candidates are Julian Howsare and Anthony Firkser, an undrafted rookie from Harvard."I'm excited about that position," running backs coach Stump Mitchell said. "It will not be a deterrent, it will not be a letdown. Those guys will get the job done."

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Chris Godwin wants Jets fans to know they should look forward to the day Christian Hackenberg lines up under center.The Buccaneers’ rookie wide receiver spent much of his college days catching passes from Hackenberg while the two were at Penn State. Now that they are both in the NFL, Godwin sees the Jets signal caller getting an opportunity to shine.

In an interview with Draft Wire, the receiver dished on his college teammate and what he can bring to New York.

When it comes to Hack, I think fans can look forward to a guy that’s gonna be ready every week. He’s gonna keep his head in the playbook and he’s gonna know what he’s doing. I think last year was good for him to really take a year to see how everything works and to get a feel for the things around him. That year off can take a load off of your body while allowing you to mature mentally with the speed of the NFL.

There’s often times that we see a quarterback drafted in the second round and he’s thrust into the starting role, whether he’s ready or not. Hack was fortunate enough to sit and learn since his rookie season was kind of a redshirt year. If he does get the opportunity to start this season, I think Jets fans can look forward to a great quarterback.

Hackenberg dressed just once as a rookie in 2016 — injuries forced the Jets’ hand — but Godwin sees that time on the sidelines benefiting the young QB.Entering training camp this season, Hackenberg, Josh McCown and Bryce Petty are all competing to be the Jets’ starting quarterback. McCown looks like the favorite, but the Jets would love it if their second-round pick from a year ago, Hackenberg, were able to earn the job.

There have been concerns regarding Hackenberg’s accuracy and footwork, but it looks like he has at least one believer in Godwin. Now he just needs to get the Jets and their fans on board.

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Today's question: Should the New York Jets open the season with Josh McCown at quarterback because he gives them the best chance to win, or should they bite the bullet and start Christian Hackenberg or Bryce Petty ?

Mike Rodak, Buffalo Bills reporter: Win? The Jets? Good one. There is not a chance the Jets are making the playoffs this year, as evidenced by their decisions to part ways with players who could have actually helped them win. The only sense in starting McCown would be to spare the younger quarterbacks the embarrassment of losing and the shaken confidence that comes with it. The Jets seem to have accepted their fate this season and should be past the stage of feeling shame about it by the time they make a decision about the starting quarterback. Let Hackenberg or Petty try to turn a one- or two-win team into a four- or five-win team; that would be an encouraging season for either.

James Walker, Miami Dolphins reporter: The Jets should go young with Hackenberg or Petty. Of those two, Petty gets my vote by a slim margin, although he didn't show enough last year. I was never big on Hackenberg, dating to his college days at Penn State, and didn't buy into the hype that he would be a good NFL quarterback. So far my projection is correct. Regardless, I don't expect the Jets to follow my suggestion. McCown is the best option in terms of experience and giving the Jets the best chance to win on a weekly basis. That's all that really matters to a head coach, and Todd Bowles has been given enough mountains to climb this season by trying to win with a gutted roster that no longer includes Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker or David Harris. Fans and analysts can think long-term, but Bowles cannot. Look for Bowles to go with the experienced quarterback in a must-win year.
 
Mike Reiss, New England Patriots reporter: If a franchise doesn't have a quarterback who can run the offense, it puts the entire team at risk and ultimately affects the scouting evaluations of others. That is the foundation on which I answer decisively that McCown should start. Unless Hackenberg and Petty show considerable improvement from 2016, this shouldn't be a difficult decision. McCown at least is a well-established quarterback at this point; I put him in a similar category as Ryan Fitzpatrick. He can get you in and out of the huddle, make some challenging throws, but also can hurt you with mistakes. He also is regarded by many who have played with him as a great teammate.

The Jets obviously are building for the long haul and one of their questions is whether Hackenberg is the long-term answer. The team will know when it is the right time to put him on the field to find that out, but the worst thing management and coach Todd Bowles can do is rush that decision, because players develop at different rates. My sense, from afar, is that the gap between McCown and Hackenberg is significant enough that this won't be much of a debate at the start of the season. Maybe that changes at some point. But for now, McCown is the pick, not only because he is the best the Jets have at the position, but also because his play will help produce a clearer analysis on every other offensive player on the roster.

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An optimistic New York Jets fan questions whether early success could affect Christian Hackenberg's development :

#jetsmail Jets could actually start off 3-3 with a serious false sense of "success." Won't this delay the entrance of Sir Hack ?

@RichCimini: Imagine that : A quarterback controversy because the starter is overachieving. That would be so Jets.

You're assuming Josh McCown will be the opening-day starter, and I happen to agree with you even though it's not quite a done deal. You present a fascinating scenario, John, because this could spark an internal struggle that I believe is likely at some point.Presumably, coach Todd Bowles, who needs to win games to keep his job, won't bench McCown if the team is winning. (I'm assuming your 3-3 scenario isn't based on a 3-0 start, because that would change things.) Beyond job security, what kind of message would it send to the locker room if Bowles demotes a productive player?

General manager Mike Maccagnan is looking at the big picture, and he recognizes the importance of playing Hackenberg. Personally, I think Hackenberg needs at least 10 starts to get a fair evaluation.Even though no team should have to apologize for winning, yes, an unexpectedly positive start would create an additional issue and could delay Sir Hack -- if Sir Hack starts the season on the bench. It sounds crazy, but mark my words, this will be an ongoing theme in 2017: present versus future.

You'd like to believe Bowles and Maccagnan, both level-headed men, will be able to tell the difference between charade and reality.

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1 hour ago, kelly said:

You'd like to believe Bowles and Maccagnan, both level-headed men, will be able to tell the difference between charade and reality.

I would like to believe it, but they proved incapable two years ago and I don't have a tremendous amount of confidence that anything has changed in that regard. 

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News of the New York Jets' roster teardown -- and the likely motive behind it -- has made its way across the country and into the brain of a 20-year-old quarterback who attends college in Los Angeles.

His name is Sam Darnold and, yes, he knows about the unofficial "Suck for Sam" campaign.

"I really don't have any thoughts about that, but I've definitely heard of it," he said Tuesday at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut, where he was a guest of Michael Smith and Jemele Hill on "The Six."

The USC quarterback admitted he's flattered by the attention ("Yeah, you have to be"), but he seemed a bit uncomfortable with the idea of an NFL team basing its rebuilding plan on the hope of drafting him in 2018."I don't think any team should tank their season because of me," said Darnold, a third-year sophomore who will be draft-eligible for the first time.

Darnold, a Heisman Trophy favorite, is being tabbed as a potential No. 1 overall pick, but there are a couple of ifs.

If he follows his breakout 2016 season with an encore performance.

If he decides to turn pro.

The Jets, searching for a quarterback savior for 40-plus years, will be paying close attention.

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As the Jets get close to training camp, I am going to examine the roster and give you my top 25 players. Each weekday, we will reveal another person on the list, leading right into camp. I am not including rookies on this list because I do not feel it is possible to fully evaluate them before they play a game.

No. 14: Josh McCown

Last year’s ranking: Unranked (not on team)

Position: Quarterback

Age: 38

How acquired: Signed a one-year, $6 million contract on March 20

Years left on contract: 1

2017 Salary Cap figure: $6.5 million

Looking back at 2016: The veteran quarterback started three games and played in five for the Browns last year. He went 0-3 as a starter.He began the season behind Robert Griffin III, but took over in Week 2 after Griffin suffered an injury. McCown played decently against the Ravens that week, but broke his left collarbone, which sidelined him for more than a month.

Jets fans got a glimpse of McCown when he returned from that injury on Oct. 30 against their team. He played a great first half, throwing for 228 yards, but only completed 9-of-22 for 113 yards in the second half, and the Jets came back to win. It showed the inconsistency that plagues a journeyman like McCown.He was benched in favor of Cody Kessler after that game, but got one more start on Nov. 27 against the Giants after Kessler got hurt. He completed 25-of-43 for 332 yards and a touchdown against the Giants. When Griffin returned from injury, McCown went back to the bench.

He finished the season completing 90-of-165 passes (54.5 percent) for 1,100 yards, six touchdowns and six interceptions.

Outlook for 2017: Barring a training-camp upset, McCown will be the starter for the Jets when the season begins. The team is having a competition for the job among McCown, Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty, but McCown is the favorite because of his experience.Some may argue that experience should be a negative. He is 2-20 in his past three seasons as a starter. You could argue the rebuilding Jets would be better served playing one of the young guys to see what they have instead of McCown, who is a known commodity.

Here is why I think McCown ultimately will start the year: Let’s say you open the season with Hackenberg and he struggles in the first four games. Then what? You turn to McCown in Week 5. That won’t generate much excitement inside or outside of the Jets.But if you start the season with McCown and it does not go well early, you can make the switch to Hackenberg and suddenly your locker room and fans get a jolt that might breathe some life into the season.

Even if McCown does start the year, he is a placeholder. Hackenberg will take over at some point. It is a just a question of when.

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Breaking down the New York Jets' roster, unit by unit, in preparation for training camp, which begins July 29 :

Position: Quarterback

Projected starter: Josh McCown

Projected reserves: Christian Hackenberg, Bryce Petty

Notables on the bubble: None

Top storyline: It's the No. 1 storyline on the team -- the quarterback competition. McCown, 38, is the favorite based on his vast experience and ability to manage a game, but it's not a slam dunk. No quarterback who has lost 20 of his last 22 starts can be considered a sure thing. Hackenberg remains in the picture, with Petty in the background. Training camp will be a balancing act for coach Todd Bowles. The biggest priority is to get the starter ready for Week 1, but it's also important to give the young quarterbacks a chance to play, develop and ostensibly compete for the starting job.

Player to watch: Welcome to the spotlight, Christian. The one-year honeymoon is over; it's time to make general manager Mike Maccagnan look smart. Hackenberg took some baby steps in minicamp, but there's still a gap between him and McCown. Consider: Hackenberg has yet to face a starting defense in a game situation. He played 76 preseason snaps last summer, all of them against backups. In the regular season ... well, you know the deal there. He didn't see any game action. His biggest challenge in camp will be mastering an offense that doesn't suit his skill set. The West Coast offense requires pinpoint accuracy and quick reads. The system is predicated on the quarterback being able to work through his progressions -- 1, 2, 3 -- while staying in rhythm with the flow of the play. That takes time and experience.

Wild card: With only one practice per day, it's virtually impossible to have a legitimate three-way competition, which means Petty could be the odd-man out. His roster spot isn't secure, so he'll need to show improvement to stick around.

Training camp will be a success if ... Hackenberg wins the job. No disrespect to McCown -- a well-liked, team-first player -- but the organization will be in better shape if Hackenberg proves he's worthy of the starting job. The sooner he lands the top spot under center, the better it will be for the overall rebuilding of the team. But this can't be a giveaway; he needs to earn the gig. The notion that Hackenberg should be handed the starting job because he might be the answer is ludicrous. If they do that and he stinks, the entire offense will stink, stunting the development of the young players around him. This isn't 2009, when the Jets' supporting cast was strong enough to overcome the rookie struggles of Mark Sanchez. It also would drain every ounce of suspense out of the season.

By the numbers: Over the last three seasons, McCown has a 2-20 starting record, 29 touchdowns, 24 interceptions and a league-low 45.4 Total QBR (among 33 qualified quarterbacks), per ESPN Stats & Information. Looking for a positive? He's a decent intermediate passer. On throws of 11 to 20 yards, he ranks 16th in Total QBR (82.9).

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Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins failed to hammer out a long-term contract by Monday's deadline, and that could be a good thing for the New York Jets in 2018.

When you're desperate for a long-term answer at quarterback, it helps to have as many options as possible.With at least $80 million in projected salary-cap space next offseason, the Jets will have enough flexibility to make an aggressive run at Cousins if he becomes an unrestricted free agent, which seems likely after two years of failed negotiations and the prohibitive cost of using the franchise tag for a third straight year ($34.5 million).

Frankly, I'd be surprised if the starting-over Jets invest a massive amount of money in an older player -- Cousins will be 30 by the start of the '18 season -- but you never know what might transpire over the course of the year. As of now, the 2018 draft, which could be loaded with stud quarterbacks, appears to be the internal preference if things don't work out with Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty. It certainly would be more cost-effective than doling out a $60 million guarantee (likely more) for a veteran.

There's also the significant matter of whether Cousins would even consider the Jets. He has no connection to the current coaching staff or front office, so it would be a leap into foreign territory. The San Francisco 49ers would be the heavy favorite, as their new coach, Kyle Shanahan, was his offensive coordinator in 2012 and 2013. They seem like an ideal match. The 49ers, too, have a ton of cap room.

Ah, but the Jets would benefit from a Cousins-to-San Francisco scenario because it would remove a quarterback-hungry team from the top of the '18 draft -- i.e. one fewer team coveting Sam Darnold or Josh Allen.One slot in the draft can mean everything; it can be the difference between a franchise quarterback and an ill-advised decision. The Jets, of all teams, know this. See: Brett Favre and Browning Nagle, 1991.If not the Redskins, someone will sign Cousins next year, starting a trickle-down that will affect the teams that don't.

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Jets' Josh McCown vows to be 'a dang good bridge' QB

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Long-suffering fans of the New York Jets are bracing themselves for an autumn disaster.After watching the team cut bait with nearly every trusted veteran on the roster -- Eric Decker, David Harris, Brandon Marshall, Darrelle Revis, Nick Mangold and more -- expectations are grim.

Just don't tell that to Josh McCown.

The 38-year-old journeyman refuted the idea that he's nothing more than a "bridge" quarterback brought on to guide teammates through a lost season."As a competitor, your first reaction is, 'Well, I'm not a bridge and, if that's the case, I'm gonna be a dang good bridge,'" McCown said on Thursday's edition of Mike and Mike on ESPN. "So, for me, I understand the role that I'm in and I'm excited to come in and compete and help our team win."Toiling for the Bucs and Browns, McCown generated a 2-20 record over the past three seasons. Last year's Cleveland club was dangerously low on talent, but this Jets team, on paper, looks even more lost.

McCown is New York's best option under center, but we're bound to see Bryce Petty and the enigmatic Christian Hackenberg also make starts for a team that has drawn accusations of overtly tanking in hopes of landing the No. 1 pick in next year's draft -- and the quarterback of its choice."It's hard to argue [with] that," wideout Quincy Enunwa recently said on the "tank" theory, "when everybody else sees all the stuff that's going on."

McCown's job, though, is to happily lead this Jets team into the fray -- even if the battle already looks lost.

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Two decades later, could Sam Darnold jilt Jets by pulling a Peyton ?

After a short hiatus, the New York Jets mailbag is back. Naturally, our question of the week involves the quarterback position.

Should we be worried about the darnold story whereas he's amenable to staying in school? Feels like peyton deja-vu... #jetsmail

@RichCimini: In fact, this is the 20-year anniversary of the Peyton Manning blow-off. Diehard fans will recall the Jets had the No. 1 overall pick in 1997, but they never got a chance to consider Manning because he decided to stay in school. Maybe it would've turned out differently if Bill Parcells had promised Archie Manning that he'd pick his son -- they had two conversations before Peyton's decision -- but Parcells made no such guarantee, citing the league's anti-tampering rules. I always found that amusing. Since when did Parcells, who flirted with the Jets while under contract with the New England Patriots, worry about bending the rules?

Fast-forward to the present: We've already seen stories that Sam Darnold might stay at USC instead of declaring for the 2018 draft. He's staying. He's going. He's staying. He's going. The stories and the speculation will continue into January, when he'll have to make a decision. My advice to Jets fans: Don't get caught up in it because it will drive you mad. You'll have enough agita from the season, so there's no point in fretting over the whims of a 20-year-old quarterback.

Chances are it won't be a Darnold-or-bust draft. I talked to an AFC scout who believes Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen has better long-term potential than Darnold, who has attracted most of the attention because he plays for an iconic football school. With the New York and Los Angeles media markets tracking him, there's a chance Darnold will be overhyped, distorting his true NFL potential. The good news for the Jets is they probably will have other options if they wind up with the top pick and want a quarterback.

And another thing : If Darnold completes his season and is informed by advisers he could be the No. 1 overall pick, it would be a major upset if he stays in school. Yeah, he could buy an insurance policy to cover some of the injury risk, but would he walk away from a guaranteed contract worth north of $30 million? Doubt it. Sure, Peyton did it, but he was a rare bird. Maybe I have a myopic view, but what college star wouldn't relish a chance to play in the New York market for a quarterback-starved franchise?

If Darnold pulls a Peyton, yeah, it would be typical Jets luck. On the bright side, Peyton's son, Marshall, could be draft-eligible in 2031.

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With vacation over, let's take a look at what's happening around the New York Jets, who report to training camp on Friday :

1. No Joshing around: Josh McCown has said all the right things since signing with the Jets, which is what you'd expect from a player with a sterling reputation as a team-first guy, but don't be fooled into thinking he'd be content to sit on the bench. He's a fiery competitor and wants to play. In a phone interview, I asked McCown if he expects to be the Week 1 starter.

"Yeah," he said. "All of our expectations should be that way. I'm no different. I came here because I had an opportunity to compete for the job, so that's my expectation -- to go out and play the best football that I've ever played and help this team win football games."It'll be McCown versus Christian Hackenberg versus Bryce Petty in training camp. McCown doesn't know how the reps will be divided, but he suspects it'll be similar to the offseason practices -- an even split.

McCown, 38, is the favorite because of his experience, which he believes gives him an edge over the two young passers."Obviously, any time you're in a situation where you have this much more experience than the other guys, you should have an advantage," he said. "But, at the same time, we're all in this thing together and it's a new offense. We're all learning it. I thought this spring was very beneficial for us and I think training camp will be where we can take it to another level."

McCown's goal is to be the quarterback he was in 2013, his signature season. Playing for the Chicago Bears, he replaced an injured Jay Cutler and compiled a 13-1 touchdown/interception ratio. Stylistically, there are parallels between the two offenses, he said. He likes that."Hopefully, I'll be able to play at a similar level that I played at when I was there," he said. "That's my mindset."

Too bad he doesn't have his old friends from Chicago, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery and Martellus Bennett.

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