Ethan GreenbergNYJets.com Contributor
By this time next week, the Jets will likely know their starting quarterback for the team’s 2017 regular-season opener against the Buffalo Bills.
When asked Monday if he’d name a starter immediately after the third preseason game against the Giants, head coach Todd Bowles said, “No. Probably Monday.” Bowles went on to say the coaching staff will discuss it after the game and come to a decision together.
Before we put the cart in front of the horse, the task at hand is to determine how to divide the quarterback reps in the battle for MetLife Stadium bragging rights.
“We’re going to start doing some things, doing some work tomorrow and Wednesday,” Bowles said. “We’ll have a plan.”
All three gunslingers took first-team reps in today’s walk through which featured a lot of play cards, but with position battles both on the line and at wide receiver, the offense is still building chemistry.
“They need more continuity,” Bowles said. “We need to play certain people together. We’ve been substituting a lot of people in and out. Obviously the name of the game is to score points, but it’s also the first two weeks of preseason and we’re subbing people in and out. We’re just looking for more continuity and we’ll try to have that on Saturday.”
ILB Darron Lee wasn’t feeling well and didn’t practice today, so Bruce Carter took the majority of first-team reps in his absence along with Julian Stanford…OLB Lorenzo Mauldin (back) didn’t practice, but his conditioning is improving. Bowles said an epidural could be an option down the line…S Rontez Miles(eye laceration) didn’t practice…RB Matt Forté (hamstring) didn’t practice and remains day-to-day…DLSheldon Richardson had some fun with the punt returners and caught a Lachlan Edwards boot…Kelvin Beachum and Brandon Shell took first-team reps at left and right tackle, respectively…Josh Martin took first-team reps at OLB…Led by Demario Davis, the entire defense spent extra time on the field after practice to work on communication.