Todd Bowles might wait until after final preseason game to name starting QB

The New York Jets might not know who their starting quarterback is until the end of the preseason slate, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters on Monday.

Rookie Sam Darnold is going to be given every opportunity to earn the starting job. That’s something the team had previously stated and has only continued to make clear now that training camp is in full swing.

After practice Monday, Bowles continued to impress that upon reporters.

“You’ve got to play preseason games,” Bowles said, per Darryl Slater of NJ Advanced Media. “I’m not into hypotheticals and nothing that hasn’t happened yet. We’re going to let them play. And after the fourth preseason [game], sometime that week, I’ll make my decision and go from there. It’s possible I will make my decision after the fourth week of the [pre]season. I’m not pinpointing any decision. The guy who runs out on the field Sunday [actually Monday] in Week 1, we’ll see who the starter is.”

For what it’s worth, Teddy Bridgewater got a lot more work with the starters on Monday than Josh McCown, who saw his snap count diminish. It seems likely that the Jets, knowing what McCown brings to the table and potentially dangling Bridgewater as trade bait, will keep their eldest quarterback on the sideline for most of the first preseason game.

With that in mind, we fully expect to see a healthy dose of Bridgewater and Darnold in the coming weeks.