The clearest indication of that might be the status of Teddy Bridgewater.
A bargain-bin addition in free agency, the former Minnesota Vikings first-rounder . His surgically repaired knee, which ended his run as a Vikings starter, seems to be holding up well. And the Jets are reportedly open to both extremes when it comes to utilizing Bridgewater -- starting him or trading him.
That's according to ESPN's Rich Cimini, who said Thursday that while New York's No. 1 QB spot is "basically" Darnold's to win, Bridgewater "sure can" steal the job. In fact, 39-year-old incumbent Josh McCown, per Cimini, is just a "fallback option" in an offseason centered on going young under center. And that means the 25-year-old Bridgewater, despite throwing just two passes in the last two seasons, "can run off with the starting job if Darnold isn't ready."
And yet, even with the Jets buzzing with "his command of the offense and winning personality," Bridgewater could also be trade bait. As Cimini wrote, there's no market for him at the moment, but if a preseason injury prompts a QB move a la the Vikings' 2016 deal for Sam Bradford after Bridgewater's own collapse, the Jets "are open to" dealing the veteran.
in May, Bridgewater may very well be New York's best option as a starter entering 2018. Even more so, however, he may be the Jets' best option as a bargaining chip.
(The) Jets know they have an incentive to make it known just how great he looks. No matter what happens with Bridgewater this season, Darnold is the future in New York. You don't trade three second-round picks to make a guy your backup to someone you signed for one year and $6 million.