A lot will change between mid-June and September 10th, the day of the Jets season opener, but if they were to play that week one game against the Lions tomorrow, Todd Bowles knows who his starting quarterback would be: Josh McCown.
Bowles also confirmed that Teddy Bridgewater is the current backup, leaving rookie Sam Darnold as the third-string. But all three will have ample time during training camp to change his mind, when "a lot of things count."
"Josh will start come training camp and we will see what happens at the end of training camp," Bowles said after minicamp. "Teddy will line up as number two. It will be no different from the spring going in. The competition will heat up because we are in pads and lot of things count."
Bowles also added that he and offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates will come up with a plan over the summer to give each quarterback a sufficient opportunity to succeed.
The Jets head coach was cautious in heaping too much praise on Darnold.
"It was a learning spring," Bowles said. "I don't think anyone has success in the spring in a t-shirt and shorts. It was a process of learning for him that I thought was pretty good that will help him come training camp."
Bowles added that Darnold was able to learn from any mistakes he made.
"As you run plays and you make the mistakes, you learn from them. He learns from his mistakes very well," Bowles said. "So from that standpoint, he did a pretty good job and the more he sees, the more comfortable he gets."
While most outside eyes were on Darnold, Bridgewater quietly impressed the coaching staff.
"The biggest thing is that he was healthy and he was moving around and he fit right in with the other two, with Josh (McCown) and Sam (Darnold)," Bowles said. "He was throwing the ball well. He grasped the offense well. We will be excited to see him in training camp."