Josh McCown mentored Sam Darnold during his rookie campaign with the Jets in 2018.
McCown retired this offseason and joined ESPN as an analyst. On Saturday, McCown was at the Jets' training camp practice and caught Darnold in action for the first time since he hung em' up. McCown's analysis? He sees improvement.
"I think the ultimate test comes in games, but just watching Sam's feet, the rhythm of how he's playing, is really what you want to see from Year 1 to Year 2 in any offense," McCown told Newsday. "Are you playing faster? Are you doing things with a better rhythm? He's doing that, and I think that given the scope of what Adam is teaching and the volume of the offense, for him to look this way this early is a good sign."
The second-year QB expressed confidence in himself on Saturday, too.
"I'm ready to roll," Darnold said. "I have higher expectations than anyone for myself."
Head Coach Adam Gase also had an interesting way to describe Darnold's passing so far during training camp as well.
"He's 22 years old and can throw the piss out of the ball," Gase said. "It's fun."