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FLORHAM PARK Patriots Authentic Jerseys , N.J. (AP) — Jeremy Bates already knew Sam Darnold was pretty special from working with the No. 3 overall draft pick in the offseason.

Still, the New York Jets offensive coordinator wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the young quarterback on his first day of training camp.

After all, Darnold was three days late because of a contract holdout and Bates figured he would have some catching up to do.

“When he came out on the field, he didn’t even have meetings, and he just went in there and started calling plays and running plays,” Bates recalled Monday.

“A lot of young quarterbacks, it takes a while to learn the plays and spit it out in the huddle. That, a lot of times, takes a whole year for some guys.

“He just came out, no meeting time, and he hit the field running.”

And, Darnold hasn’t stopped.

The 21-year-old rookie has been impressive this summer in a three-man competition with Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater. It also appears he’s well on his way to being the Jets’ starter when New York opens the regular season at Detroit on Sept. 10.

“I think he’s progressing extremely fast for a young quarterback to come in here,” Bates said.

While coach Todd Bowles has not announced who will start under center in the team’s third preseason game Friday night against the Giants, it would be shocking if it’s not Darnold.

He has taken the bulk of the snaps in camp since signing his four-year, $30.25 million deal on July 30, and Darnold is working more frequently with the starting unit lately. He was the third quarterback in the preseason opener against Atlanta and was terrific, and got the start at Washington last week in an up-and-down performance.

And, it’s not only the work he’s doing on the field that has Bates excited.

“He’s able to take the classroom knowledge and take it right to the field and execute it,” Bates said. “We’re throwing a lot of football at him and he’s able to handle it. Man, he’s owned the playbook. That’s probably the most impressive thing.”

That’s high praise from a coach who has worked his way up in the NFL by working primarily with quarterbacks over the past 15-plus years.

Bates scouted Darnold in the pre-draft process and liked what everyone else did about him leading up to April. There was lots of tape and game film to watch from Darnold’s days at USC, and the Jets’ offensive coordinator sees some of the attributes that made the youngster so coveted in college on the field in practice and the preseason games.

“When things break down, which they do probably 70 percent of the game, he’s able to keep his head downfield Jeremy Kerley Jersey ,” Bates said. “He’s able to scramble and find the (passing) lanes and he finds an open receiver. Just being able to make plays off schedule is very powerful. He did it in college and he’s still doing it today.”

There have been things Darnold has shown during the past few months, however, that he couldn’t have predicted.

“How easy is the game is for him, both mentally and physically,” Bates said. “We haven’t scaled back offensively. We were giving Sam the same amount of information and the same plays that we were giving Josh and Teddy.”

Darnold has been far from perfect, of course, but his first impression has been overwhelmingly positive.

The fact he brushes off his miscues like a seasoned veteran and rarely makes the same mistake has also endeared him to Bates and the rest of the Jets’ coaches.

“He moves to the next play, for a young kid, unbelievably,” Bates said. “He doesn’t dwell on it. Nothing is too big for him. He’s everything you’re looking for in a young quarterback as far as the ability to go out there and the stage isn’t too big for him. When the lights come on, he gets better.”

NOTES: During a radio interview on WFAN’s “Boomer & Gio Show,” general manager Mike Maccagnan wouldn’t rule out trading either Bridgewater or McCown this summer. “There’s nothing to stop us from keeping three,” he said. “There’s nothing to stop us from keeping two.” With Darnold edging closer to winning the starting job — Maccagnan called him “really sort of unflappable” — it’s believed Bridgewater would garner the most interest from teams looking for an experienced backup or potential starter. … Starting RG Brian Winters and LT Kelvin Beachum returned to team drills after dealing with injuries the past few days. Beachum hadn’t participated in 11-on-11 drills in more than two weeks since hurting his right ankle. He was still spelled at times by Brent Qvale. … RB Isaiah Crowell (concussion) and CB Trumaine Johnson (hamstring) fully practiced.

MIAMI (AP) — With this week’s game preparations completed for the Oakland Raiders, coach Jon Gruden is confident he knows the Miami Dolphins‘ playbook, personnel and pronunciations.

It’s TAN-uh-hill.

That’s not the way Gruden said the name when he was a network TV analyst talking about Ryan Tannehill.

“He always pronounced my name funny: ‘Tanney-hill,'” the Dolphins quarterback recalls with a laugh.

Gruden stands corrected.

“I called him that on Monday Night Football a time or two,” the Raiders’ first-year coach says. “I knew a guy named Steve Taneyhill who played quarterback at South Carolina. You can’t fault me; I’m human like everybody else. But I know his name now for sure.”

With that issue settled, here are other things to know about Sunday’s matchup between Miami (2-0) and Oakland (0-2):

KEEPING IT GROUNDED: Tannehill’s name may be foremost for the Raiders’ defense, but he has handed off more than he has thrown in the first two weeks. That’s a big change from last year, when the Dolphins threw 64 percent of the time, the NFL’s highest rate.

With Miami 2-0 for the first time since 2013, Tannehill’s happy to pass less.

“I’m good with whatever is winning,” he says. “Whatever scores points.”

Oakland’s soft run defense makes it likely Miami running backs Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore will get plenty of touches. Broncos rookie Phillip Lindsay ran for 107 yards last week against the Raiders DaeSean Hamilton Color Rush Jersey , and they’re allowing an average of 5.7 yards per rush, worst in the league.

ON TARGET: The Raiders’ Derek Carr bounced back from a three-interception performance in the opener to complete 29 of 32 passes in a one-point loss at Denver. His 90.6 completion percentage was the best ever for a QB with at least 30 attempts, and would have been better if not for a key drop on fourth-and-1 by Keith Smith.

Carr says he’s already able to anticipate what play Gruden will call next.

“We’re building that, and it’s going to take time to continue to build that,” he says. “But it’s kind of cool to already be thinking what he’s thinking before it even comes out.”

NELSON’S TURN: Oakland’s biggest offseason addition at the skill positions hasn’t paid off yet: Jordy Nelson has just five receptions for 53 yards.

Tight end Jared Cook was the focal point of the passing game in the opener with nine catches for 180 yards, and receiver Amari Cooper got into the act last week with 10 catches for 116 yards.

“It’s just matchups and opportunities,” Nelson says. “Obviously, Jared had a great game Week 1, Coop had one last week, so maybe I’m in the rotation this week.”

VERSATILE: Dolphins newcomer Albert Wilson has become a multiple threat, lining up as a boundary receiver and occasionally in the backfield. He has six catches for 68 yards and a score, and four rushes for 15 yards.

“I’ve been around a few guys over my time who were similar, but I don’t think as dynamic as what he is,” coach Adam Gase says. “He’s legitimately a guy that is almost built like a running back but plays like a wide receiver.”

The speedy Wilson says the way he’s being used takes him back to his days as a high school quarterback.

“It’s just coach Gase bringing it out, just challenging me to be a better player,” Wilson says. “He’s definitely bringing it out of me.”

PRESSURE POINT: The Raiders did a better job generating heat on the quarterback last week when they had nine pressures, compared with four in the opener, according to SportRadar. But Oakland has just two sacks, tied for second-fewest in the league.

The Raiders traded Khalil Mack before the season, and he has two sacks and 10 pressures for Chicago. Oakland is looking for a replacement elite rusher.

“It’s hard to find a great one. It’s hard to find a good one. It’s hard to find one,” Gruden says.
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