It wasn't the biggest storyline from Sunday's Jets-Redskins joint practice, given the epic brawl that broke out involving about 30 players. But Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold saw the heaviest workload with the first-team offense.
Darnold's competition -- Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater -- obviously saw their fair share of reps. But it was Darnold who was under center most of the time, which begs the question: Will he be the starter this Thursday when the two teams face off in Week 2 of the preseason?
"It's no indication," Bowles said after the joint practice Sunday. "Just getting him caught up on some things."
The 21-year-old had a successful first game, where he threw for 96 yards and a touchdown. But the numbers don't show the whole story. Darnold displayed his ability to stay strong in the pocket, and work outside of it.
But those plays were not with the first team, who Darnold says he feels comfortable with on the practice field.
"I think working with the first team, it just gets me more comfortable with those guys," he said. "I think they get more comfortable with me and the way I like to play, all that kind of stuff plays into it. I think anytime I get the chance to be able to get those quality reps whether it's with the ones, the twos or the threes, those are important reps."
The practice, which was stopped short due to rain, would have had a scrimmage finish it off with Darnold set to be the first quarterback out there. But Bowles, once again, told everyone not to read into it too much.
"It's more important to get him working," Bowles said. "First, second or third team, there's going to be different guys throughout the game. It's just important to get him working and caught up on certain things the defenses are doing. That's more important than getting him reps on the first, second or third team."
Only Thursday night will spill what was truly on Bowles' mind. He says all three quarterbacks will need to be ready to play, but McCown didn't play a single snap in the second and third preseason games last season. Could that be Bowles' game plan with Darnold and Bridgewater needing more game reps?
If so, Darnold could very well be seeing his first game reps with the starters.