The Jets are not the only ones raving about rookie quarterback Sam Darnold.
The Redskins came away impressed this week after three joint practices with the Jets.
“Someone asked me about him the other day and I was like, yeah, whatever, he’s just a guy,” Washington cornerback Josh Norman said. “Then you go out here and see him making these throws and you’re like, all right. That’s not so much a college-level throw. He’s putting them on the money.
“But then you go to 7-on-7 and it’s like, ‘OK, pass, catch here. Right there.’ But doggit, this little kid is not making mistakes. And he’s like, he’s really accurate.”
Darnold had another strong day on Tuesday. He went 11-of-19 passing and threw two touchdowns. One of the touchdowns came on a two-minute drill in which Darnold displayed his accuracy and arm strength. He hit tight end Jordan Leggett with two long passes on the sideline and found Clive Walford for a touchdown of about 20 yards.
“You know, you get rookies in here and you try to mess with them and bait them a little bit and thinking he’s going to throw a route that you know you can make a play on and he’s not having it,” Norman said. “It’s so crazy to see at an early age. Dak (Prescott) had that, Carson (Wentz) has that, so it’s like, man, they must come in here and not want to screw it up. He’s so far, he’s impressed me and I didn’t want him to. That’s the main thing.”
Darnold got the brunt of the work again. He took 28 reps, 23 with the first-team. Jets coach Todd Bowles will not say who is starting on Thursday against the Redskins, but all signs point to Darnold getting the nod.
Josh McCown took only five reps, all with the starters. Teddy Bridgewater took three reps with the starters.
The Jets finished up their three days here practicing with the Redskins. There were a few minor skirmishes on Tuesday, but nothing like the brawls that broke out Sunday. Overall, Bowles said he was happy with the sessions and would consider joint practices again.
“I would, if it fits our schedule,” Bowles said. “They were very productive. We got to see another team. They’re a tough team. They’re a big team. They’re a solid team all around.”
There were a lot of dropped passes during this practice. Terrelle Pryor, Eric Tomlinson and Leggett all had drops. The early portion of practice looked really sloppy for the Jets because of all the passes hitting the ground.
Running back Thomas Rawls made some plays. He was really effective catching the ball out of the backfield. The Jets are banged up at running back right now with Isaiah Crowell (concussion) and Eli McGuire (foot) out. Rawls might be able to push for the No. 3 job with a good showing in the next few preseason games.
Right guard Brian Winters did not practice again Tuesday. It seems unlikely he will play Thursday. That mean the Jets will be playing two backups on their starting line in the game. Jonotthan Harrison has been starting at guard in place of Winters, who has an undisclosed injury. Brent Qvale has been at left tackle with Kelvin Beachum (foot) out. Beachum did not travel with the team to Virginia and is definitely out for the game.
Among those not practicing Tuesday: Running back Trenton Cannon, tight ends Neal Sterling and Chris Herndon, cornerbacks Juston Burris and Parry Nickerson and offensive tackle Ben Ijalan. Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa remains limited.
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