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New York Jets Transcript – Head Coach Todd Bowles, 8.20

On if Sam Darnold is going to start against the Giants…

What you’ve seen and what I’ve seen probably don’t mesh, but all three quarterbacks need to be ready to play.

On if there is any game planning going into the third preseason game…

We’re doing a lot of plays that hurt us and a lot of plays we don’t practice against that hurt us the last two games, that we’re working on too. We’re doing a little bit of everything. A little bit of Detroit, a little bit of game plan stuff for us, from plays that we know we’re going to get that’s going to hurt us, so we’re practicing a lot of that.

On if he has seen things in camp from Darnold that he didn’t know he was getting in the scouting and interview process…

Obviously, the mental part of it is very good for him, from a study standpoint, he is very quick witted. He has a laid-back California style, but he has an edge to him as well, which is good to know because you couldn’t see the humor that much when you (are) going through the process but he’s opened up a lot more, so that’s been fun.

On if Darnold referring to a poorly thrown pass in practice as a “completion” is an example of that humor…

That was a bit of it yeah.

On what kind of rapport Darnold has developed with Jeremy Bates…

I think he developed a great rapport. All the quarterbacks have, all three equally, have developed a great rapport with Jeremy of how he wants things done and how he calls things and they feed off of him.

On how Bates has done since moving from quarterback role to offensive coordinator…

I think he’s done an outstanding job. I mean it’s early, a lot of the calls and things we do in practice, that’s for the coordinators, as well as the game, so I think he has done a great job adjusting and doing things on the fly and putting things together and how he sees things and making us offset with run and pass, I think he’s done a good job.

On if the secondary is starting to mesh…

It’s coming together. I mean it’s improving every week, they have guys nicked up here and there, but when they all get back on the field the communication is clearing up a lot more, so they are coming together pretty good.

On if it’s important for the defense to develop a personality…

It’s important for them to communicate and then the personality comes after that. They are communicating a lot better. As the games go on, and the preseason goes on, and the regular season early on, they’ll develop a sort of personality.

On if that is something he has seen happen so far…

So far. I mean it’s still early, still working through some things, getting some tweaks out, but it’s coming together.

On current kicking situation…

Right now, Cairo’s (Santos) not practicing, so (Taylor Bertolet) is getting all the kicks, that’s where we are.

On if Santos has to get on the field at some point before regular season in order to make the team…

Can’t [be the kicker] sight unseen. It’s getting close to the season. The other guy’s been doing a good job and we’ll see.

On if it’s possible the Jets Week One kicker is not on the roster currently…

It’s possible, or it’s possible that he is, but it’s possible.

On Folorunso Fatukasi…

He’s learning the defense. We know he’s physical. We know he’s heavy handed. He’s learning two different spots, which is good for him. Just working on technique work right now, but we’re pleased with him.

On the advantages of Bates calling the games from the sideline and not the box…

No, (from) a personal standpoint, when they come off the field you can grab them, and you can talk to them and you can explain what you saw, a little bit better. Up in the box, you have to be calmer because you can’t yell at anyone because no one can hear you. On the sidelines, you can kind of vent your frustrations and be right there and snatch them when they get off, but other than that it’s not really different.

On if he prefers having his coordinator on the sideline…

When I was a coordinator I was down on the sidelines, so it’s probably a little easier for me.

On what he has seen from Marcus Maye after coming back from ankle injury…

He’s got to play and get some reps obviously. Mentally, he’s seen a little more from an understanding the game, but he’s still got to get his feet wet and get more plays under his belt, so hopefully, if things continue to go the way he’s going, we’ll try to get him some (plays) in.

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