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No need to rush Sam Darnold back

There was something jets could be grateful for: Sam Darnold's view of the field of practice Wednesday with a helmet…

There was something jets could be grateful for: Sam Darnold’s view of the field of practice Wednesday with a helmet on his head. He stretched exercises and agility exercises while the media could follow the early minutes of exercise. Apparently, he did not do much else because he was listed as “Not practiced” on injury.

Todd Bowles was coy when asked if Darnold might start Sunday match against Patriots at Met Life Stadium.

“He goes on. We will see how he is on Friday,” where all the coaches would say.

It really does not have to be said, but unless Darnold is 100 percent physically and mentally, the jets should wait until he’s before putting the rookie quarterback back in action. Bowles said he would “bother the precautionary side” and you hope he does. There is no reason for the jets to chance any kind of adversity with Darnold. Even if he is 75 or 80 percent. Jets has invested too much in his future to do something stupid now.

“We see how he progresses,” says Bowles.

Darnold missed the 41

-10 loss for the bills on November 11th, where a predicted foot led last week in a 13-6 try against Dolphins. Jets played so badly against the bills, the challenged Jets coaching staff could be keen to get Darnold back in line to save as many wins as possible. But it’s the future, not their 3-7 record, the jets must be worried.

Darnold has left wearing a luggage to be back in the field, but he can not work out. It already makes him a long shot to play in his first match against the patriots. Foot injuries can be tricky. An error tweak and the injury can be worsened, costs him more play.

Darnold has not had any reps since the injury. He needs to train time before playing. If he was a 10-year-old veterinarian, he might be right after a long absence. But this is a new experience for the 21-year-old first roundabout from Southern Cal, and the temptation to do too much too early has to be considered.

“As a competitor you always want to go there and play,” said Darnold. “When you can not suck it, I always want to go out and play.”

He admitted that he put out games because of an injury to protect his health from being on the field to help his team balance which he has not mastered yet.

“Trying to handle these things is hardest for me to understand,” said Darnold. “But I have to stay with the process and keep working hard everyday.”

The decision would be easier if Josh McCown had played better against the bills. Jetsna was a shame behind 31-3 in half-time. McCown started for Darnold and looked like a 39-year-old quarterback who had not played the whole season. Jets only completed 199 meters of total crime and converted only 1 of 12 third-down situations. McCown was 17-of-34 for 135 meters, no touchdowns and two interceptions. His quarterback rating was 35.8.

It may be good for Darnold to play another game. He fought before the injury, threw seven missions and only two touchdowns in his previous three starts. If he’s on the bench Sunday, he’s not just shadowing McCown, but he can also learn something from an perceived and personal view of watching Tom Brady games.

Bottom line, it would be shocking if Darnold starts on Sunday against the patriots. One of these days, a Darnold-Brady showdown will make sense. It does not do this week.

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