Rookie Sam Darnold "has a very fair shot" of winning the Jets' starting quarterback job for the regular-season opener, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Darnold, 21, has to keep progressing, and the preseason will be critical for him. But the Jets like what they see; according to the source, he is further along than they thought.
He arrived in camp July 30, signing a four-year contract for the slotted amount of $30.2 million after a three-day dispute over offset language in the deal.
Jets coach Todd Bowles has said that McCown is the starter, adding that it could change based on the preseason.