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Jets’ OC Bates Throwing Whole Playbook At Rookie QB Darnold

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Jeremy Bates is not treating his rookie quarterback with kid gloves.

No coddling. No easing into things.

The New York Jets offensive coordinator has Sam Darnold on the fast track, and the No. 3 overall pick from Southern California is handling things like a seasoned veteran.

“We threw the whole playbook at him,” Bates said Wednesday. “Just like the same with Josh (McCown) and Teddy (Bridgewater). If you treat them like a rookie, they’ll become a rookie. We threw the whole book at him and see what he can handle — what he needs to work on, just like the other two.