The biggest storyline at Jets training camp continues to focus around who isn't there rather than any happenings on the field.
All conversations are being dominated by rookie QB Sam Darnold, who still has yet to sign his rookie deal and remains an absentee. Mentor Josh McCown admits there's nothing quite like being at camp for Darnold's learning experience.
"Obviously, from a learning standpoint, you want to be here as a soon as possible," McCown said, via Darryl Slater of NJ.com. "There's no substitute for being here -- the walk-throughs in the morning, where so much teaching takes place, and just these practices, where you can get reps. So obviously, there's no substitute for it."
Not that McCown is mad at Darnold. He says he, and the rest of the players, understand that sometimes the business side of football interferes with the playing side.
"It is (tough when the business side impacts availability), but I think guys get it," McCown said. "It's unfortunate, because you're coming together as a team. But we focus on the guys that are here, and those guys coming together as a team."
Whenever the contract is resolved, McCown will be excited to see the rookie.
"We developed a relationship over the spring," McCown said. "He's going through the business side of the sport, and we understand that. Just wish him the best and can't wait to see him."