Jets' OC: Darnold 'hasn't flinched,' could start


FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Sam Darnold has made a strong impression on New York Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates, who hinted the rookie quarterback could be the starter if he continues to absorb the playbook at his current pace.

“Are we giving him bits and pieces of the offense or are we throwing everything at him? We’re throwing everything at him,” Bates said 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 a chance to win the job in the preseason, but it won’t be easy. He’s competing against incumbent Josh McCown and former Minnesota Vikings starter Teddy Bridgewater, both of whom have a huge edge in experience.

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