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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The big takeaway on the Jets: Their quarterback situation is as unsettled as ever. Did someone say controversy? It was a mixed bag from rookie Sam Darnold and Teddy Bridgewater, setting up a fascinating decision in two weeks for Todd Bowles. Frankly, Bridgewater looks like the best QB on the roster, but you can bet Darnold will get another chance to win the job. The rookie threw a red-zone interception in an otherwise solid performance, but his inexperience jumped out on a few plays. Could the Jets trade Bridgewater? Anything is possible at this point.

Peake makes great catch on Bridgewater's TD (0:49)
Darnold starts strong, but ends his day with INT (0:27)

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Sam Darnold is human, after all. The rookie QB experienced a couple of red-zone hiccups in the first half, including an interception. Darnold (8-for-11, 62 yards) generated only three points in three possessions. This complicates the Jets' QB situation, as Darnold missed an opportunity to put a stranglehold on the starting job. He showed his inexperience on the interception. On fourth-and-1 from the 20, Darnold didn't read the safety (Deshazor Everett), who undercut the route and tipped the ball in the air. It was picked off by Troy Apke. Earlier, Darnold took a third-down sack in the red zone. No word on whether he'll start the second half.

Darnold throws 1st professional INT (0:31)
Perine comes up limping after big run (0:26)
Redskins 1st rounder Payne sacks Darnold (0:30)

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Five things I'll be watching tonight against the Redskins: 1.) Sam Darnold. Can he build on last week's strong performance? The Redskins saw him up close for three days, so they probably developed a feel for his game and tendencies. This will be a good test for the rookie, who can take a big step toward the starting job. 2.) Teddy Bridgewater. The trade speculation will really heat up if he has another sharp outing. 3.) The offensive line, down two starters (LT Kelvin Beachum and RG Brian Winters), is a big question mark. 4.) TE Jordan Leggett will play for the first time since last preseason, a chance to make a statement in the tight-end competition. 5.) Trent Cannon. Will he get another chance to return punts? Will he catch them?

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets' offensive line is the source of growing concern. Backup swing tackle Ben Ijalana was placed on injured reserve Wednesday after hurting a shoulder in joint practices with the Redskins. Starting LT Kelvin Beachum (foot) already is out and likely will miss the remainder of the preseason, leaving Brent Qvale as the current starter. He started last week's game, but he doesn't have the athleticism to play the left side. If he doesn't play well Thursday night, the Jets might have to shop for left-tackle insurance or maybe move Dakota Dozier to left tackle. By the way, RG Brian Winters is expected to miss the preseason with an undisclosed injury, the NFL Network reported. Imagine if this line has to protect a rookie QB. Uh, oh. To fill Ijalana's roster spot, the Jets signed veteran C Gino Gradkowski.

Stephen A. not buying Darnold hype (1:29)
Jalen downplays Norman's Darnold praise (1:20)

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Five observations from Tuesday's Jets-Redskins practice: 1.) Sam Darnold was sharp. Consider: He threw only six incompletions in 19 attempts, and that includes three drops. 2.) RB Thomas Rawls, battling for a roster spot, had one of his better practices. He got off to a slow start in camp, then got banged up. Now he's healthy and contributing as a runner and receiver. Rawls, who sat out the opener, will get a lot of work on Thursday. 3.) S Marcus Maye (ankle) continued to work his way back slowly, getting limited reps. If he plays in the game, it won't be much. 4.) Lot of rotating at linebacker, but it looks like the third-down rushers this week will be Brandon Copeland and rookie Frankie Luvu. 5.) WR Chad Hansen, having a quiet camp, flashed with a nice catch in team drills.

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Jets' Bowles slams Pryor for discussing injuries

Jets coach Todd Bowles, who rarely criticizes players publicly, slammed wide receiver Terrelle Pryor on Tuesday for talking to reporters about recent injuries.

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Josh Norman impressed by Jets' Darnold

The performance of Jets quarterback Sam Darnold in practice against the Redskins has won over cornerback Josh Norman, who said he was impressed even though he didn't want to be.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

When it comes to injuries, Terrelle Pryor should "keep his mouth shut," according to Jets coach Todd Bowles. Rare criticism of a player from the coach.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Todd Bowles rarely criticizes a player publicly, but he slammed WR Terrelle Pryor for admitting to reporters yesterday that his ankle surgery in the spring was actually to repair a fracture. Bowles has a rule about players discussing injuries and Pryor was likely fined. Bowles: "Terrelle doesn't need to be descriptive. I feel that he should keep his mouth shut and leave the injuries to me. I've already handled it. We had a conversation."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Another heavy workload for Sam Darnold, who took 23 of 31 first-team reps in the final practice before Thursday night's game against the Redskins. Josh McCown got five reps with the starters, Teddy Bridgewater three. All told, Darnold took 28 reps, completing 13 of 19 passes. The highlight was a six-play TD drive in a two-minute period at the end of practice. He made a couple a long sideline completions to TE Jordan Leggett. Not surprisingly, Todd Bowles declined to name his starter for Thursday. All signs point to Darnold.

Schefter: Darnold only rookie QB with chance to start Week 1 (1:15)

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets rookie report: Round 1.) QB Sam Darnold. As advertised. If he doesn't open as the starter, his stay on the bench won't be long. 3.) DE Nathan Shepherd. Has a chance to win a starting job. Former small-school star has displayed impressive traits, but there will be growing pains. 4.) TE Chris Herndon. One of the bright spots in camp, but he's been sidelined for a few days with an undisclosed injury. Has a chance to make an impact, but needs to get on the field. 6.) CB Parry Nickerson. Good start, but early hamstring injury has derailed his progress. 6.) DT Foley Fatukasi. Dude is strong. Could he make injured NT Steve McLendon expendable? 6.) RB Trent Cannon. Probably needs a red-shirt year. Exciting speed, but still raw. Catching punts a problem.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets have a potential problem at kicker. Veteran Cairo Santos, who sat out the opener and isn't practicing, is dealing with a chronic groin injury that required surgery at the end of last season, he said. He missed most of 2017 training camp with the Chiefs, aggravated the injury in Week 3 and was released. He landed with the Bears and re-injured the groin, landing on IR. Santos did some kicking at the start of this camp, but dialed it back. He called it "a normal process, just getting used to new tissue." He said "it's a challenging time," but he's hopeful the Jets' rehab plan will get him back on the field soon. He wouldn't say when he expects that to happen. In the meantime, Taylor Bertolet is handling the kicking.

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2018 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(3)Sam DarnoldQBUSC
3(8)Nathan ShepherdDTFort Hays State
4(7)Chris HerndonTEMiami (FL)
6(5)Parry NickersonCBTulane
6(6)Folorunso FatukasiDTConnecticut
6(30)Trenton CannonRBVirginia State