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New York Jets Transcript – Head Coach Todd Bowles 7.30

On Sam Darnold being at practice for the first time…

He was late. That’s about it. First day of camp for him, it looked like the first day of camp. He’ll get some studying in and he’ll catch up.

 

On Darnold having enough practice time to play in first preseason game…

He had enough time to run out here and practice in his first practice. So, he will probably have enough time to play in the preseason game. We’ll see what he learns, and we’ll see what he applies, and we’ll go from there.

 

On how important it was for Darnold to get to camp…

You always want everybody in camp on time but it’s a part of the business. Obviously, you understand the ramifications when you aren’t in camp and when you get into camp you just got to put your head down and work and he’ll do that.

 

On Darnold possibly having a specific date to be at camp in order to play in first pre-season game…

Like I said, I wasn’t worrying about that, I was just coaching the guys that were here. He gets here when he gets here, and circumstances make you play or coach accordingly and we did that. But he got here, so we’ll get him down and get him ready to play and we’ll go from there.

 

On how much time it will take Darnold to get up to speed…

Well we’ll see, it’ll take some time. He’s just got to put his head down and work.

 

On increasing Darnold’s reps each day…

Depending on what he takes in, he’s going to see some things from the defensive standpoint that for three days we’ve put in that he hasn’t seen in the spring, so it’s going to take some time, but he’ll get some reps.

 

On if Darnold missing three practices is detrimental…

All depends. You want everybody here on time, like I said, but it’s a business and you understand the ramifications and missing three practices, but he can catch up. He’s got time to catch up, but he’s got to put his head down because everybody has a head start.

 

On doubling up Darnold’s reps in the beginning and not the end of practice…

There were similar plays of which he ran in the Spring and we had other things going on later on so everybody wasn’t going to get full reps today regardless.

 

On if Darnold was operating on recall from Spring practices…

Or whatever we could tell him that he could walk up to the line and run but he got his feet wet and it was the first day of camp for him and he’ll just work.

 

On the team now being “whole” with Darnold being signed…

We’re always whole. You come in and get hurt the first day and you’re down you still lost him, whether it’s him or any other player. So, you’re always whole and injuries are going to happen, suspensions happen unfortunately, holdouts happen, and you go ahead with your team. You don’t ever think the other way and that’s not how I think, so I’m fine.

 

On when Darnold will get full reps in practice…

Tomorrow’s a day off. He’ll practice Wednesday and we’ll put in what he can take, and he can handle and get time to run them. So, we’ll just play accordingly and go from there.

 

On the quarterback competition…

Josh (McCown) is one, Teddy (Bridgewater) is two, Sam is three. The competition has been underway, it didn’t just start today, it started on Thursday when we reported for camp. (Darnold) has got some work to catch up and do so, throughout the course of preseason that will take care of itself and we’ll go from there.

 

On how today’s practice went…

Day two in pads was sloppy, and there was effort, but it was sloppy. To be expected, new installs going in from one day to the next and for the fourth practice, it was sloppy, but that’s what we’re practicing for.

 

On Brandon Shell being possibly hurt…

He probably got knicked up, I’ll check when I go inside.

 

On Parry Nickerson playing because Buster Skrine was hurt or if they wanted to look at Nickerson…

We mix and match a bunch of guys all day with different groups.

 

On if Skrine is hurt…

Not to my knowledge.

 

On if the 27 penalties in first few practices are troubling…

It’s part of training camp. With installs and physical play, it’s going to be part of the early process. As training camp goes on it will diminish.

 

On if Marcus Maye will participate in team drills by the end of the week…

I don’t know. He’ll come back when he comes back.

 

On whether gathering the team after one team session was to address penalties…

No, it was just to talk about practice.

 

On not usually doing that…

Coaching is unconventional, I do different things at different times.

 

On what you have seen from Nickerson thus far…

Its early. He’s got good feet and he’s smart. As camp develops we’ll see how he develops, but we like what we see in the player, so we just got to continue to develop him.

 

On what was said to Darnold as he came on the field…

I told him he was late. (laughter)

 

On if Saturday’s Green and White is more of a practice than a scrimmage…

Yes, correct.

 

On Nathan Shepherd jumping from D2 for NFL…

Well he’s tough and he’s strong, obviously. We know what we have in him. He works hard every day. We look for him to contribute for us. As camp develops, he’ll start reading blocks and seeing things, and he’s making progress. It’s early, but he’s making progress and we’ll continue to monitor that.

 

On deciding when to go full contact in camp…

Depending on the drill and what we’re trying to accomplish that day, on one side of the ball or the other, we’ll make that known before-hand.

 

On how Derrick Jones has progressed…

Mentally, he’s come back a lot sharper, and he’s not swimming like he was last year, so from that standpoint he’s been outstanding. He’s in great shape and he’s not swimming so the game slows down for him some, so it will be interesting to see how he plays.

 

On if Quincy Enunwa is considered a full speed as a participant…

Not until you get out of the red (non-contact jersey).  He’s doing everything, but it’s just precautionary. We’ll find a time and place and see if we get it right.

 

On how he views McCown on the roster…

Josh is one, Teddy is two, Sam is three right now. That’s what I can tell you.

On McCown’s mentoring being a bonus because he is the starting quarterback right now…

He mentors the defensive line, he mentors the safeties, so I don’t understand what that means, but he helps everybody out. Josh is one and I don’t know what else to tell you. They have to beat him out.

 

On the reaction from them team when Darnold came to practice…

Anybody that comes in late and holds out as a draft pick and makes a bunch of money is going to catch a ribbing from the team, and this is only the start of it. Sam has a good spirit and he’ll take it kind heartedly, and we’ll move on. That’s part of football.

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