During his Thursday press conference following practice, Jets head coach Todd Bowles still wouldn't rule out QB Sam Darnold from Sunday's game against the Bills.
But the rookie won't be starting the game.
"I'm ready to rule him out as a starter for this week," Bowles said. "I don't know if I'm ready to rule him out for the game."
Bowles dropped the bad news that Darnold suffered a foot strain during last Sunday's loss to the Dolphins after he was seen walking around practice with a boot on. The original plan was to play Darnold if he was 100 percent healthy on Sunday, but Bowles was quick to change that today.
So, it will be 40-year-old veteran QB Josh McCown seeing his first regular season action this year. McCown has seen only a handful of preseason snaps in 2018, and his last regular season game came in Week 14 last season where he suffered a season-ending hand injury.
In turn, media members asked if Bowles thinks McCown will be rusty. Bowles was quick to say he has full confidence in him despite the lull in gametime.
"He's practiced the whole time," Bowles explained. "Josh is 40, you don't get to be in this league 40 years old and not be a professional. So we understand and he understands where he is and he's 40, but he has a 20-year-old's mindset. He's very energetic and he's very studious so we expect him to play well if he plays."
As for McCown's backup, it can be Darnold if he is deemed healthy enough. In the case that he isn't, Bowles noted the "plans in place" that would most likely bring up Davis Webb from the practice squad.
And what happens if McCown lights it up against Buffalo? Do the Jets keep the veteran in the starting role?
"Sam's our quarterback," Bowles answered.