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Jets HC Todd Bowles says ‘tough decision’ ahead on Week 1 starting quarterback

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The New York Jets have gone through their first preseason action on Friday night that has only further heightened up their stiff competition at the quarterback position for the starting job.

The Jets saw both rookie Sam Darnold and Teddy Bridgewater put up respectable performances in the contest that has led to head coach Todd Bowles to state that there is a tough decision ahead for the starting job come Week 1 of the regular season, according to Brian Costello of The New York Post.

“We’ll see how the preseason goes,” Bowles said. “Like I said, I’ll make my decision when it happens. I’m not going to jump to any conclusions after one game. I’m going to take my notes and watch practice and compare with the coaches and we’ll come up with a decision. It’s a tough decision. We’ve got three good players and we’re happy to have them.”

Bowles certainly has a difficult decision, but it is becoming clear that Darnold may have a leg up in the competition if he continues to play in the manner that he did on Friday night against the Atlanta Falcons. Granted, he didn’t play against the Falcons first-string players it was certainly a strong outing as showed much poise and confidence in the pocket displaying his mobility, accuracy, and a strong arm while moving the ball down.

This saw him make his first touchdown pass on the move in his second drive of the game he connected with Charles Johnson for a 14-yard reception. Although a couple of his throws down the field were not caught, he demonstrated to have a strong accurate arm. Meanwhile, Bridgewater was efficient completing 7-of-8 passes for 85 yards that included a 16-yard touchdown pass to running back Isaiah Crowell. Josh McCown had a quiet performance in his limited time on the field completing his only pass for four yards

With three more preseason games to go, it should provide Bowles a better picture of which quarterback gives his team the best chance to win in 2018.