FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Coach Todd Bowles called it a "sloppy" practice. He was being kind.
It was difficult to evaluate the New York Jets' three-man quarterback competition Thursday because there were so many mistakes around them. The pass protection was poor and the receivers dropped too many passes. Unofficially, the Jets ran 64 plays in practice, 10 of which resulted in "sacks." That's not good, folks.
Anyway, here's a closer look at how the quarterbacks fared in the fifth practice.
Bowles said this would be an open competition, but it hasn't unfolded that way. McCown has worked exclusively with the starters, showing good command of the offense and the huddle. Pre-snap, the 38-year-old is a smart cookie. When it comes to throwing, especially downfield, his accuracy is inconsistent. On Thursday, he completed 10 of 15 passes, but took four sacks in 28 reps.
Wow moment: Yes, there was a wow moment. With time to set up in the pocket, McCown zipped a nice pass to Jalin Marshall on a skinny post. It was one of the few occasions he had time to throw.
Whoa moment: The Jets ran their first live red-zone period of camp, and let's just say it wasn't good. In two series, McCown was 2-for-6 with three sacks and was almost intercepted by rookie safety Marcus Maye. The action happens faster in the red zone, and the offense was a step behind. Earlier, in an 11-on-11 period, McCown was almost picked off by linebacker Jordan Jenkins.
Hackenberg still hasn't thrown an interception in 11-on-11 drills, but don't interpret that to mean he's cruising along. The second-year player is still erratic, particularly when it comes to blitz recognition. Thursday was his second consecutive mediocre practice, as he completed 4 of 8 in 21 reps.
Wow moment: Not Thursday.
Whoa moment: After practice, Bowles noted Hackenberg tends to hold the ball too long, especially in 7-on-7. In 11-on-11 drills, he scrambled out of the pocket on three occasions, perhaps an indication of happy feet.
Petty finished with 15 reps, but the bulk of them came near the end of practice. He was efficient (4-for-4) and had no turnovers, a minor miracle considering the amount of pressure he faced: four sacks.
Wow moment: When Petty has a clean read and time to throw, he can spin it as well as any of the quarterbacks. He made two nice intermediate completions late in practice, hitting Deshon Foxx and Gabe Marks.
Whoa moment: Whenever the defense blitzed.