Jets’ Bowles on Darnold: ‘We’re not holding him back’

NFL: New York Jets-Rookie Minicamp: New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws the ball during rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center on Friday.Photo Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

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New York Jets coach Todd Bowles told reporters that there are no restrictions on quarterback Sam Darnold, who was selected by the team with the third overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

“(I’m not) inhibiting him,” Bowles said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN. “We’re giving him everything. He’s going to learn as he goes, and he might get the reps as he goes. We’ll make that determination in the preseason and see where we are at the end of it, but we’re not holding him back. We’re not rushing him, but we’re not holding him back at all.”

Bowles also said that “time will tell” on whether the former USC star will develop into a franchise quarterback. Darnold completed 303 of 480 passes for 4,143 yards, with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, last season.

General manager Mike Maccagnan indicated on Wednesday that Darnold will compete with incumbent Josh McCown for the starting quarterback job this season.

The Jets were pleased with the performance of McCown last season, even though the 38-year-old compiled only a 5-8 record as a starter before sustaining a broken left hand in December that knocked him out for the rest of the season.

McCown completed 67.8 percent of his passes for 18 touchdowns, with nine interceptions.

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