Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Darnold are making their cases as the New York Jets look for a starting quarterback. In a pretty entertaining pre-season NFL game, both players played well against Washington Thursday night.
Darnold started things off, playing snaps in the first half. While he looked more like a rookie against the Redskins than he did his first game out, there were still flashes of brilliance, especially when he is on the move. Darnold finished the game with no touchdown passes and one interception.
Bridgewater, who just two years ago was a star in Minnesota, looked sharp in a second half of play. He led the Jets on three scoring drives, culminated by a late fourth quarter drive that game New York a brief lead.
“I like both of them,” said Jets coach Todd Bowles. “They have done a nice job so far.”
Darnold, a highly touted rookie, really looks goof throwing the ball when he is mobile, running out of the pocket. His ability to improvise was a key to his success at USC.
Minnesota got rid of Bridgewater after a terrible knee injury. However, the former Louisville quarterback looks very comfortable in the pocket, and his knee looks like it is holding up just fine.
Is there a quarterback controversy brewing in New York? Probably not. Both players will get extended playing time in the next two pre-season games, then Bowles will have to make a decision. Don’t be surprised if he goes with the veteran Bridgewater simply to give his first-round pick Darnold more time to develop. If the Jets decide Darnold is their man, look for them to possibly trade Bridgewater before the season starts.