The Jets open the season on Monday, Sept. 10 against the Lions. Here's where things stand with the race to be the starting quarterback...
IN THE LEAD: Sam Darnold
He started the last game, is getting most of the first-team reps in practice, and it looks like he'll start this week against the Giants. The Jets sure are treating him like he's the starter. And it's starting to feel like if he doesn't stumble badly in the last two preseason games, the job will be his.
SECOND STRING: Teddy Bridgewater
He looks like he gives the Jets the best chance to win. His throws are strong, his decisions are sound, he looks poised, like he's been doing this for years. All things being equal, the Jets would put their fate in the 25-year-old's hands. But things aren't equal, of course, so he seems more like the fallback if Darnold fails.
THIRD STING: Josh McCown
He's not really getting much of a chance, which the Jets say is because they know what the 39-year-old can do. On the depth chart he's the starter, but in reality he's being treated like more of a mentor and less of a player. He's accepted that role and more and more looks and sounds ready to slide into it. His chance at the job all depends on how ready Bowles is to trust a rookie over the quarterback who played so well for him last year.