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Three key questions for the Jets in training camp

Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on in

Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on in the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. Credit: Jim McIsaac

1. Is Darnold the answer?

It’s no secret that the Jets have long been looking for the quarterback that will lead them to the Promised Land, but is the 21-year-old out of USC the one? Sam Darnold impressed the Jets with his intellect and “intangibles,” general manager Mike Maccagnan said after the draft — but he also had some pretty good tangibles, too. In two seasons, Darnold threw for 57 touchdowns and 7,229 yards with 22 interceptions.

2. Can Bowles lead them?

Todd Bowles signed a two-year contract last season, but with a better team comes higher expectations. The Jets are 20-28 in Bowles’ three seasons, but part of the reason his job is still secure is that Bowles just wasn’t given a whole lot to work or win with. Even last year’s record — 5-11 — seemed like something of an overachievement at the time. Bowles has plenty of decisions to make this training camp — and a few pivotal position battles to arbitrate — that could very well decide the Jets’ fate and his own.

3. Can ‘D’ find its groove?

Defense has been this team’s strength for years — even when they weren’t going well — but not this year. With a slew of new faces, it’ll be up to Leonard Williams to be his best Pro Bowl self, and for guys like outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins to step up. The Jets secondary appears to be in good hands, thanks to their two young and talented corners, and the addition of corner Trumaine Johnson. The first few weeks of training camp will be a good time to see if the rest of the supporting cast can field a product that gives them a fighting chance every week.


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