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Jets HC Todd Bowles says Josh McCown is No. 1 on depth chart, Sam Darnold No. 3

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The New York Jets have rolled through the bulk of the offseason with questions surrounding their quarterback situation have only heightened with the selection of former USC standout Sam Darnold with the third overall pick in this year’s draft. It has only further clouded the competition for the starting job for the 2018 campaign.

Head coach Todd Bowles has remained quite open to the idea of Darnold possibly earning that spot outright at some point prior to the start of the regular season. However, Bowles has stated that veteran Josh McCown will be holding down the first-team snaps heading into training camp while Teddy Bridgewater will be the backup and the rookie down behind them, according to Calvin Watkins of the Newsday.

This doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the Jets coaching staff has remained the course with the game plan with Darnold throughout the team offseason workouts. New York is aiming to give him all the chances to prove he can handle that huge responsibility, but until he is able to show he is ready for that challenge McCown will likely continue to hold down the starting spot. Bridgewater could also factor into the picture by making a case to earn a shot at the starting job.

Training camp with another opportunity for Darnold to demonstrate better command and understanding of the offensive game plan. His play on the practice field has already created much optimism about what could lie ahead of him in his NFL career, but it is still quite early in the entire process.

The true test for Darnold may come in the preseason where he will have the chance to show how much of the offense he has picked up along with the readiness to play at the next level. There is simply plenty of time for things to change on the depth chart at the position prior to the start of the season.