The Jets took the field for their fourth OTA on Tuesday, and the biggest takeaway was Sam Darnold getting the most reps under center with the first team.
But head coach Todd Bowles warns not to dive deep into that storyline. He made sure to note that this has been done in the past with rookies on both sides of the ball.
"We have thrown rookies in in the past with the starters," Bowles said after practice. "The defenisve guys have done that as well. As the reps get up there, you put teams in with Josh (McCown) and Teddy takes turns with the first team, second team and third team. Sam took some today. It is nothing to read into.
"The reps even up by the end of the week. Everyone is getting the same amount."
From the reps, though, Bowles admits that Darnold is coming along nicely as he continues to get acclimated to his new teammates and playbook.
"He has been progressing. Obviously installing the offense and putting in everything on defense, he is seeing things for the first time on both sides of the ball," Bowles said. "As the days go by, he is getting more comfortable so we just have to keep working at it and getting better."
With Christian Hackenberg traded to the Raiders, Darnold's competition has been cut to two quarterbacks -- Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater. Bowles said that Bridgewater's knee has not been an issue at all this offseason, and he has impressed in his first reps as a Jet. McCown is the presumed starter heading into training camp, and has noted he won't be giving up his job that easy.
So, Darnold has stiff competition, but Bowles says this group has been extrememly tight-knit and one that feeds off each other daily.
"I think from a chemistry standpoint with the three around each other, it is the most together from an experience standpoint and a young talent standpoint that we have been in the room," Bowles said. "We think we have three good quarterbacks that we can play with and just look and see how much better they can get going forward."
For Darnold specifically, soaking in as much information as he can from McCown and Bridgewater is critical in his development. At least, in Bowles' eyes.
"I think it is big for him to take the tips that they are giving him and see the things that they are doing going forward so that when it gets to training camp, he doesn't have to think as much and he can go full speed ahead."
For now, Darnold slinging the pigskin with the first team may not be indicative of the rookie's role this season. But, once training camp begins and the real competition heats up, those reps will be significant.