Ten Todd Takeaways on Darnold's First Day

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles addressed the team's reporters after today's first practice of the rookie minicamp. Three guesses what the main topic was, first two are wrong.

Yes, Todd fielded a number of questions on QB Sam Darnold, the third pick of last week's NFL Draft. After Saturday's practice, we'll present Bowles' observations on the entire minicamp. Today we have 10 Todd Takeaways on Darnold's first practice as a New York Jet:

On what the coach saw out of his new quarterback at his first pro practice...
"He was good. Obviously we threw the ball around a little bit, and he'll be getting better. ... It was day one. He threw some good balls, he threw some balls that he's got to dust the rust off. Obviously on day one you expect that, but we're pleased the way he throws the ball."

On some rough center exchanges for Darnold at this practice being the nature of rookie minicamps...
"All players, it's difficult to get evaluations, period, on day one, whether it's the center exchange ... You'd rather it happen today and you build toward getting it better than have it happen on Sunday, Week 1, and you lose a ballgame over it."

On Darnold's turnover issues especially last season at Southern Cal...
"They're fixable. Obviously, they're very fixable. You see the turnovers but you see him come back from them. You worry about a guy that turns it over and then goes into a shell as opposed to a guy that turns it over and then comes back even feistier than before. But he understands that and we'll work on that."

On any nuances he's noticed about Sam's interactions with his new teammates...
"Sam's got a great personality, I'll put it out there, somewhat like mine. As you get to know him and be around him more and he gets more comfortable, he's a witty person."

On a big media presence for today's practice and any advice Bowles has given Darnold on handling the Jets media...
"He played in Los Angeles and they have a great media market as well. Just be himself and be real with people. He's normally a humble person by trait, but that doesn't mean he's not competitive. Just be himself and be true to himself and he'll be fine."

On Darnold's transition from USC to the Jets...
"All the quarterbacks coming out in the draft were facing something different. They get with these quarterback coaches and they get ready for the combine, then get in camp with their team, in our case, Sam, and you've got learn footwork and scheme, you've got to learn what the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach want him to do differently. So there'll be a little adjustment period, from a footwork standpoint, a playbook standpoint, a huddle standpoint. But it's nothing he hasn't done."

On having to audible more now than he did in college...
"It's going to be an adjustment because he didn't do that much of it. But he's a grinder and he's a worker and we expect him to get it down."

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On the waiving of Bryce Petty and on how many QBs he wants to bring to training camp...
"We had too many quarterbacks right now, so hopefully Bryce can get with another team. ... We'll see how it goes. We know we have four of them. We've got to make some decisions and we'll make them down the line."

On not wanting to inhibit him from trying to grab the starting job immediately...
"We're giving him everything. He's going to learn it as he goes and he's going to get the reps as he goes. We'll make that determination through the preseason and see where we are at the end of that. We're not rushing him but we're not holding him back at all.

On what Bowles sees as the "big picture" with Sam Darnold and the Jets...
"The big picture is knowing his potential and thinking he can be a good quarterback for this team. And if he stays healthy, he can get everything down from a playbook standpoint and he plays a lot of years, time will tell. But we think a lot of him and obviously we took him at three because we think a lot of him. He's going to work and we're going to work with him and we'll go from there"

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