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Sto­ry­line of the week

De­ci­sions, de­ci­sions: Coach Todd Bowles has a tough choice. He won’t an­nounce his start­ing quar­ter­back un­til after the pre­sea­son fi­nale, but the com­pe­ti­tion ap­pears pretty wrapped up after a Week 3 loss to the Giants. Sam Darnold looked the part, putting to­gether his best per­for­mance as a pro while play­ing with and against starters. The rookie went 8-for-16 for 86 yards, a touch­down pass and zero turnovers. Then there was Teddy Bridge­wa­ter, who went 11-for-15 for 104 yards, no scores and no turnovers. Ei­ther would do the trick for Bowles un­der cen­ter, as would vet­eran Josh McCown, who hasn’t played much this pre­sea­son.

Rookie watch

Darnold is the toast of New York these days. The 21-year-old ap­pears to be the front-run­ner for the start­ing job, but even if Darnold doesn’t start Week 1 in Detroit, he’s given Jets fans a sense of hope for the fu­ture. The Jets have had one win­ning sea­son since 2010, the last time they reached the play­offs.

Gary Phillips, Jets Wire

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