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Practice Observations: QB Evaluation Will Take Time

Jets Practice in Pads, Rookie WRs Get Feet Wet


The answers will come, but Todd Bowles will make his quarterback decision on his timeline. For the third consecutive day, Josh McCown took first-team reps and then was followed by Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty. They each took turns running the offensive controls during the team's first training camp practice in pads.

"It's an evaluation process guys. I'm not sitting here looking at the quarterbacks every day," Bowles said. "I'm looking at the entirety of the team and I get the film, and then we evaluate everybody. It's going to be a process. The next two weeks or so as we get the offense in and it clears up for everybody, it'll start to take care of itself."

There is little the 38-year-old McCown hasn't seen in the league, so it's no surprise that he is the most decisive signal caller at the moment and processes things quicker than his young competitors. But the strong-armed Hackenberg made a couple of wonderful tosses Monday and is becoming a more confident player each session. Sometimes the rush lands a split second before the second-year passer gets it out and that happened on a few occasions today. It wouldn't be wise to forget about Petty, a player who has started slow before at camp and turned it on late. Bowles said today the Jets don't even have a third of the offense installed.

How will the rotation play out as the week continues?

"Your production on the field when you're out there is how it's going to work," Bowles said. "It doesn't matter if he lines up five, 10 or 15. If the 15th guy is producing, then the 15th guy is going to play."

Summer HitsWith pads on for the first time, the defense was chomping at the bit. Demario Davis, who will play the role of thumper at ILB, came flying through on a rush and delivered a punishing shot on TE Eric Tomlinson. Later in another team period, S Doug Middleton exploded into the offensive backfield and quickly sent RB Romar Morris to the ground. Veteran DL Sheldon Richardson was all over the place, displaying strength and power on straight-ahead plays and his tracking for a big man is unique.

Making DebutsRookie wideouts ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen got their first taste of team drills in camp. Stewart, who underwent procedures on his thumb and groin this offseason, caught a short pass late in the afternoon session.

"It's going pretty good," Stewart said. "I'm just trying to get into the swing of things. Being out OTAs put me back a little bit, but Coach is doing a great job of getting me back into it."

While Ben Ijalana got a taste of team drills Sunday, the Jets will continue to take a cautious approach with the veteran tackle. Kelvin Beachum and Brent Qvale worked with the starters at LT and RT respectively. Morris Claiborne, excused for a personal absence Sunday, was back at cornerback for the defense.

Green & White Practiced in Full Pads for the First Time During Monday's Public Practice

Two TweaksVeteran RB Matt Forte was forced out of action* *with a hamstring tweak and WR Robby Anderson also exited.

Et CeteraThe Jets are going to take a long look at a number of young players during camp. Dylan Donahue, a fifth-rounder from West Georgia, today lined up with the starters across from Jordan Jenkins… Lucky Whitehead, acquired off waivers from Dallas, made a couple of receptions in the pass game… Juston Burris, lining up at cornerback in sub packages, had a fantastic PD of a Hackenberg play-action toss to Whitehead… ILB Julian Stanford flashed, coming up with an interception in 1-on-1s and was active in team with a PD while consistently being around the ball.

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