Todd Bowles was tight-lipped Friday about revealing the identity of his starting quarterback for this weekend’s game in Tennessee.
Sam Darnold was a limited participant in practice for a third consecutive day, while veteran Josh McCown practiced fully on Friday after being limited earlier in the week with back and hand issues.
Although eyewitnesses said this week that Darnold looked like his typical self at practice, the cautious and smart approach would be to hold out the rookie for one more game. The 3-8 Jets, mired in a five-game losing streak, aren’t playing meaningful games at this point. The last thing the franchise needs is to needlessly accelerate Darnold’s return after he suffered a foot strain on Nov. 4. If he can’t go through one full practice, then why start him?
Bowles said he’ll decide on Sunday whether Darnold will be active. He was listed as questionable on the official injury report.
Safety Marcus Maye (shoulder/foot) is officially out. Bowles admitted that shoulder surgery is a possibility, which would obviously end his season. The smart course of action would be to place Maye on injured reserve. Darryl Roberts is expected to play safety for a second consecutive game.