The New York Jets have been searching for a franchise quarterback for the better part of the last quarter century. In fact, one could reasonably argue that the ‘Gang Green’ haven’t had a legitimate franchise quarterback on their roster since the days of NFL legend ‘Broadway’ Joe Namath.
That may have changed when the team selected Sam Darnold in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, but before Darnold can be anointed as the Jets’ savior, he will first have to win the team’s starting job. And according to the Vegas oddsmakers, he has a lot of work to do to accomplish that feat.
Here’s a look at who has the best odds at winning the Jets’ ongoing quarterback competition, according to Vegas.
Odds courtesy of BetDSI as of August 3, 2018.
Sam Darnold (+360)
Make no mistake about it, Darnold is the future of the Jets regardless of how the team’s ongoing quarterback battle plays out. The former USC star has all of the physical tools to succeed in the National Football League, but the Jets would be wise to take things slowly. After all, Darnold only played two seasons of college football (he redshirted in 2015), and he just turned 21-years old in June.
At the end of the day, the Jets invested the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on Darnold. He may not open his rookie season as a Week 1 starter, but the Jets are going to want to see what he can do sooner rather than later.
Teddy Bridgewater (+200)
Simply put: it’s a minor miracle that Bridgewater is still able to play football at a high level after suffering one of the ugliest knee injuries in recent NFL history. Be that as it may, the former first round pick out of Louisville has reportedly looked like his old self during the offseason and training camp, and now has a legitimate chance at winning the Jets’ starting job.
Josh McCown (-120)
McCown quietly turned in a solid season in 2017, and enters the 2018 as the odds-on favorite to reclaim the Jets’ starting quarterback job. The 39-year-old is a consummate pro, but he is still facing with the unfortunate reality of being a placeholder for Darnold. McCown will likely open the season as the team’s starter, but he will have to play well to keep the job all year.
Statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.
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