Jets HC Adam Gase says he’s been impressed with how QB Sam Darnold has responded since his rough outing against the Patriots.
“This is the first time I’ve been through a rough spell like that with a really young quarterback,” Gase said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN.com. “I thought he handled it really well, considering that was one of those games you want to burn the tape. You want that thing eliminated from your résumé.
“The fact that he handled it as well as he did, I’m sure it wasn’t easy. He never said anything to me. He did a good job of putting his head down, but I’m sure that wasn’t an easy thing for him to do.”
- Jets QB Sam Darnold (knee) practiced in full again on Thursday and Brian Costello notes that he was moving around fine during the portion of practice open to the media.
- Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins said Wednesday that “everything came back good” with his wrist issue and he was a full participant in practice. (Washington Post)
- Redskins interim HC Bill Callahan says OLB Ryan Kerrigan did not practice and is still in the concussion protocol. (Kareem Copeland)
Steelers QB Duck Hodges isn’t worried about the pressure of taking over the team’s starting quarterback.
“I don’t have anything to lose,” Hodges said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com. “I was undrafted. . . . I’ve always been this kind of calm, cool and collected. I think a lot of that comes from getting prepared and being prepared, and when you’ve got some guys around me that are as good as they are that can block up front and make the catches and run the ball, it makes my job a lot easier.”
“I thought the quarterback position by virtue, by nature of the job, it’s an opportunity to provide that spark,” coach Mike Tomlin said of the decision to bench Mason Rudolph in favor of Hodges. “And he made a play there early on, I thought was significant and energized not only our offensive unit, but our team and our sideline. It was enough for us to get out of that stadium. We’ll see what this week holds.”