Jets’ McCown to start vs. Bills for in­jured Darnold

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - WEEK 10 - By Den­nis Waszak Jr.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Josh McCown is go­ing from men­tor to starter this week for the New York Jets.

The 39-year-old quar­ter­back will be un­der cen­ter Sun­day against the Buf­falo Bills in place of in­jured rookie Sam Darnold, who’s side­lined with a strained right foot.

“I’m ready to rule him out as a starter for this week,” coach Todd Bowles said of Darnold on Thurs­day. “I don’t know if I’ll rule him out yet for the game.”

That means Darnold still could po­ten­tially be the No. 2 quar­ter­back on Sun­day. If not, Davis Webb would be pro­moted from the prac­tice squad to serve as McCown’s backup.

Ei­ther way, the start­ing job is McCown’s — at least for this week.

“I’m ex­tremely com­fort­able with him,” Bowles said. “We talk all the time. He un­der­stands the game and the team, and we see things the same way. So I’m com­fort­able.”

McCown has not taken a snap in a reg­u­lar-sea­son game this sea­son as the Jets have fo­cused on de­vel­op­ing Darnold. The No. 3 over­all pick won the job out of train­ing camp, but was in­jured dur­ing New York’s 13-6 loss at Mi­ami last Sun­day.

McCown was the Jets’ starter last sea­son and had a ca­reer year be­fore be­ing side­lined the last three games with a bro­ken left hand. Since the summer, McCown has spo­ken highly of Darnold and ex­pressed ex­cite­ment about be­ing able to have a hand in the young­ster’s de­vel­op­ment.

Darnold has re­ceived lots of ad­vice and tips from McCown on the side­line and prac­tice field. Now, he’ll have no choice but to watch.

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