New York Jets beloved former quarterback Chad Pennington shared his thoughts on who should be playing under center for gang green.
It’s the million dollar question on 1 Jets Drive. Who will be starting at quarterback in 2018?
The only two quarterbacks under contract for the New York Jets are Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty. Neither are serious candidates for the starting gig for gang green in 2018.
While that question continues to percolate, a Jets legend (Chad Pennington) decided to put his two cents in on who he thinks would be an ideal fit via Rich Cimini of ESPN:
“Pennington said Josh McCown, the Jets’ 2017 starter and current free agent, would be the ideal mentor” for a young quarterback.
Later in the conversation, he praised both Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield who he worked with one-on-one during Senior Bowl week down in Mobile, Alabama.
Pennington’s thoughts on Mayfield via ESPN’s Cimini:
“Baker is one who has had to work extremely hard to get where he is,” he said. “He hasn’t been given anything. I think that’s a positive.”
Pennington’s thoughts on Allen via ESPN’s Cimini:
“There aren’t many arms like his,” Pennington said. “The challenge for him—he and I talked about this—is understanding that every pass doesn’t need to be a 100 mph fastball. There’s a difference between throwing and passing the ball. His challenge will be to hone his skills as a passer, knowing when to take advantage of that elite arm strength he has.
There are plenty of times when it’s not about the arm strength. It’s about the touch, the zip, the accuracy, the ball placement that separates this league from college. No doubt, he’s a guy—6-foot-4, 240—who can move, can extend plays and make any throw on the field.”
While the quarterback position is clearly the most important in football, it’s not the only thing that matters. For example, you have to surround any quarterback with talented pieces.
So in my weekly conversation with Jets Insider Joe Caporoso on Drive Time Sports, 3-6 p.m. ET on The Score 1260, we talked Le’Veon Bell to the Jets, Malcolm Butler and more:
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