FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sam Darnold has made a robust impression on New York Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, who hinted the rookie quarterback could possibly be the starter if he continues to soak up the playbook at his present tempo.
“Are we giving him bits and pieces of the offense or are we throwing everything at him? We’re throwing everything at him,” Bates stated Wednesday at minicamp. “If he can handle it, if he can prove that he’s the starter, then that will take place when the time comes.”
The Jets will give Darnold an opportunity to win the job within the preseason, but it surely will not be simple. He’s competing towards incumbent Josh McCown and former Minnesota Vikings starter Teddy Bridgewater, each of whom have an enormous edge in expertise.
The group’s plan is to be affected person with Darnold, drafted third general, but it surely will not maintain him again if he is prepared.
“If you treat them like a rookie, they’ll become a rookie, so we threw the whole book at him to see what he can handle and what he needs to work on — just like the other two — and he’s done a really good job,” Bates stated of his new pupil. “Ever since rookie camp, he hasn’t flinched.”
Typically, Darnold will get a handful of first-team reps in every follow, with McCown receiving the overwhelming majority of the work with the starters. On Wednesday, Darnold displayed each energy and contact on a wide range of throws.
Darnold, 21, who could be the youngest quarterback in Jets historical past to begin a recreation if it occurs in 2018, appeared uncomfortable when requested if he can win the job within the preseason.
“Anything is possible,” he stated. “I think I’m capable of a lot of things, but it’s not up to me to decide.”
“If you treat them like a rookie, they’ll become a rookie, so we threw the whole book at him to see what he can handle and what he needs to work on — just like the other two — and he’s done a really good job. Ever since rookie camp, he hasn’t flinched.”
Jets OC Jeremy Bates on Sam Darnold
Bates, who may have a giant say within the resolution, spoke glowingly of Darnold’s capability to soak up data. He stated the previous USC star has completed an “amazing” job of studying to play underneath middle and calling performs within the huddle. In the Trojans’ offense, it was principally shotgun and no-huddle.
The most spectacular factor about Darnold, based on Bates, is “his suddenness — the ability to make plays off schedule.”
“He’s just very sudden,” stated Bates, chatting with reporters for the primary time since being promoted from quarterbacks coach. “When he has a guy open, the ball is out now. I describe him as a very sudden player. There’s not a lot of wasted thought process.”
Darnold arrived within the NFL with a fame for being turnover-prone — 13 interceptions and 9 misplaced fumbles final season. Bates attributed that to a “gunslinger type of mentality.” His hope is to show him threat administration. Turnovers have not been a difficulty by way of 12 practices.
“Obviously, he’s a rookie — he’s going to make some mistakes — but he doesn’t make them twice,” Bates stated. “I’m really excited about him.”