Jets vs Redskins, New York Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold impressed in his preseason debut. As a result, Jets head coach Todd Bowles has handed him the majority of reps in practice for the first time, per Rich Cimini of ESPN.
As Cimini notes, that could be a sign that Darnold is in line to start in their next preseason game Thursday night against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field.
Bowles says he still hasn’t set his plans at quarterback for the game. However, Cimini says the Jets plan to hand the No. 3 overall pick at least one start in preseason.
“It’s important to get him working and caught up with certain things defenses are doing,” Bowles said. “That’s more important than getting him reps with the first, second or third team.”
Darnold put on quite a show in the team’s preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons. He went 13-of-18 for 96 yards with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Charles Johnson.
On Sunday, Darnold remained third in the rotation, behind Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater. But he did get 12 first-team reps, compared to seven for McCown and one for Bridgewater. Darnold ended up taking 20 of the 35 total reps during practice.
Darnold’s display against the Falcons was certainly an encouraging sign for the Jets. As long as he shows that he can capably handle playing quarterback this preseason, the starting job will most likely go to him.
If he does get the chance to start against Washington, another fine showing should go a long way toward him cementing that starting spot this season.
Pryor spent one season with Washington, last year. He was obviously not well liked by at least some of his teammates, particularly the defensive players.
During Tuesday’s joint Jets-Washington practice, Washington’s defensive players verbally abused Pryor. Safety D.J. Swearinger even faked like he was going to hit Pryor, which led Pryor to flinch. Swearinger was the most vocal Washington player trash talking Pryor on Tuesday.
But things never got physical between Pryor and Washington’s players during the Jets’ three joint practices with Washington in Richmond, from Sunday through Tuesday. Still, Pryor made it clear he would be plenty capable of handling any potential cheap shots.
“I could do as much damage as they could do,” Pryor told NJ Advance Media on Monday.
It never came to that, though.
These teams will play in preseason game No. 2 at FedEx Field on Thursday night, but Pryor won’t participate in the game, as he returns from offseason ankle surgery.
Pryor also did not participate in the Jets’ preseason opener against the Falcons. Pryor fractured his ankle in May, and had to undergo surgery. That was different from the surgery-requiring foot ligament injury he dealt with last season in Washington, which limited his productivity.