With the Jets quarterback competition set to heat up, Teddy Bridgewater again ended practice on a high note. Before the final horn, he took command in a two-minute situation and connected on a number of passes without the ball hitting the ground.
"I'm enjoying it right now. We're doing some good things right now, getting the ball in our playmakers' hands and that's what you want as a quarterback," said Bridgewater, who received a few first-team reps for the first time in camp. "The offensive line is doing an awesome job whether it's protecting or opening holes for the running backs. You put the tape on and it's like man, the guys are just moving well and communicating well. That's what you want as a team. It starts up front and those guys don't get enough credit. They've been doing a great job all of camp and they're making it fun to play quarterback."
Bridgewater, who has not been limited at all this summer, has plenty to smile about two years removed after suffering a knee injury that left many wondering if he would ever play again.
"We know that competition makes the team better. It makes you better as an individual," he said. "We look forward to it each day. We come in and continue to help each other. At the end of the day, it's not about me, it's not about Sam, it's not about Josh. It's about the New York Jets and we understand that. We move forward with that mindset."
McCown led a scoring drive during the middle of the practice that culminated on a scoring run from Isaiah Crowell (more on Crowell below) and had a solid day at the office.
"It was a good day. I thought from our standpoint it can always be cleaner," said McCown. "We just have to continue to become a smart football team. With some of the penalties and stuff like that, we have to tighten that up and that's on us. Coach keeps talking about it and the players have to take ownership of it. We have to get that done. From an offensive standpoint, I thought we had a pretty solid day. We had some good execution and some give and take, but a good day for us."
The Crow Flies
On the McCown-led scoring drive, Crowell got free from safety Terrence Brooks for a sizable gain in the pass game. His scoring run was a vintage zone score, cutting back and exploding up the gut past the goal line.
"You have to press the holes and make the right reads," said Crowell, who said he played in a similar system under Kyle Shanahan with the Browns in 2014. "That's the difference between than a gap running scheme, which I was in last year. You have to hit certain holes and press double teams."
Maye and Pryor Continue to Progress
Both S Marcus Maye (ankle) and WR Terrelle Pryor (ankle) received limited reps in team. While Maye basically wore his red pinnie like a towel, Pryor donned his regular white practice jersey.
"They're healthy enough to go out there. It's a matter of how they feel tomorrow is what I'm more concern about," said head coach Todd Bowles. "Not really today, they moved around some and got in some action."
Quincy on the Sideline
Both wide receiver Quincy Enunwa and tight end Jordan Leggett did not participate in Wednesday's session. Bowles referred to both absences as training camp injuries and added that Enunwa's status had nothing to do with the neck problem that kept him on the sideline last season. Cornerback Buster Skrine had his hand in a splint after hurting a finger. First-year safety Kacy Rodgers II remains sidelined, but fellow safety Brandon Bryant and defensive lineman Xavier Cooper were back in action today.
Top Images from Wednesday's Practice in Florham Park
Cornerback Morris Claiborne picked off Sam Darnold in a team drill, but the rookie showed his moxie and came right back with a rope to Chad Hansen over the middle… In 7-on-7, McCown threw a nice touch pass up the sideline to Bilal Powell. Doug Middleton, who has been Maye's replacement with the ones, had a beat on the play and made the right call by electing not to deliver a potentially bone-crushing shot… The following play, McCown fired a ball to Eric Tomlinson over the middle that was tipped by Avery Williamson and picked off by Terrence Brooks... Ben Braden received some first-team work at RG in the spot normally occupied by Brian Winters… Center Spencer Long had a pair of errant snaps when McCown was in the shotgun during a late-game situation… All three of the quarterbacks are comfortable on the move and we saw that today from Darnold, throwing with accuracy on the move…Veteran NT Steve McLendon wasn't pleased with the tempo early in practice and he let his teammates know what the standards are.