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Relieved that we’ve finally got Darnold signed, the doom and gloom merchants on social media were doing my head in...
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First home shutout in preseason in team history, apparently. Woo-hoo!
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First home shutout in preseason in team history, apparently. Woo-hoo!
Not sure it could have gone much better really. Crowell's concussion aside. The D could be really exciting to watch.
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Ben Ijalana is out for the season, Kelvin Beachum isn’t currently practicing and Brian Winters is likely to miss the whole preseason. Worried that Darnold will be David Carred for life if he plays this year...
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Ben Ijalana is out for the season, Kelvin Beachum isn’t currently practicing and Brian Winters is likely to miss the whole preseason. Worried that Darnold will be David Carred for life if he plays this year...
I'm not sure he will start if that is the case. Mac was on the Texans staff that drafted Carr and has mentioned about his desire to avoid repeating that situation in the past.

For me, I came down on the side of having 3 criteria to satisfy for Darnold to be given the start. First was playbook and scheme. Every indication is that Darnold has this down. Second was ability to recognise defensive scheme and make adjustments. Darnold has been demonstrating an ability to do this as well. The last wasn't really all about him, but it was about the speed of the game and our ability to protect him. Our line was always a likely weakness but with replacements in I'm seriously concerned that the risk is not worth taking.
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So, Teddy Bridgewater’s looked pretty darned sharp so far. Should we:

Keep him and start him?
Keep him and make him the backup?
Trade him?

I certainly wouldn’t be opposed to starting him, especially with the concerns over our OL, but his value may not get higher than it is now. Going to be tough to move him for a high round pick unless someone’s starter goes down though...
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How much will he bring in a trade? Unless a starter goes down on a team that can potentially challenge we aren't really getting anything of value in exchange. In a dream situation, Teddy starts 5/6 games, plays well, and we trade him for the second we gave up then Darnold finishes up the season and takes his rookie lumps.

That trade scenario is not a realistic outcome though. It's clear at this point that either Darnold or Bridgewater are likely to be credible day 1 starters and one or the other should start over McCown. I'm fairly easy with either in truth. However Teddy won't be here next year no matter how well he plays. Sam is the future - if is deemed ready he plays even if Teddy is the better player at this stage. The OL is the elephant in the room as previously noted though and I think that is the only way Teddy gets to go at this point.

Keeping him around as a backup might prove too much temptation when Sam hits a rocky patch. McCown is the backup guy and the ideal one really - no controversy with him. Teddy could be an unwanted distraction, at least as far as the media is concerned. It's a tough call, but one we should be ecstatic about in terms of the big picture.
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