Todd Bowles won't answer the big unknown of final preseason game

Todd Bowles won't answer the big unknown of final preseason game

McCown, 38, who signed a one-year, $6 million contract to serve as the bridge quarterback, landed the job even though he has played only one series in the preseason - the first drive of the opener. It wouldn't be ideal, but it's necessary.

The West Coast-style offense that new coordinator John Morton is using with the Jets is similar to the one McCown worked with in Chicago, where he had perhaps his best season in 2013. Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, who are battling for the backup job, could also see action.

"We need to do some things, so we'll work on them", Bowles said.

It's rare for a starting quarterback to play in the final preseason game, but it's the best route for the Jets, considering the circumstances. "And we're going to work on those things this week in this game".

McCown's series - the first drive of the preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans on August 12 - ended with a touchdown, which means he led the Jets to more points in one drive than Hackenberg did in 24 full drives. He has just ten more career touchdowns than career interceptions, so expectations need to be kept relatively low. Nothing can simulate game reps. "If I decide to play or not to play them, it'll be my decision". That's what players say when they believe they should be playing but don't want to rock the boat.

McCown spent the last two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, with eight starts in 2015 and three starts past year. Brady's situation was unusual because he faced a four-game suspension for Deflategate.

Naturally, the injury risk is always present. Bowles sat Ryan Fitzpatrick in the past two finales, along with the rest of his starters, but the landscape has changed. "If the team needs to work on something, we work on it". He hasn't played a single snap in the preseason and is battling for spot in one of the most competitive position groups on the roster.

Bowles wouldn't reveal his plans for the game, but he also didn't rule out playing all three quarterbacks. Petty arguably outplayed Hackenberg before suffering a knee injury during Saturday's game against the New York Giants. Bowles said he practiced Tuesday. Bowles named McCown the starter on Monday.

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