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"There were a couple of plays ... but you live and you learn". The New York Jets rookie quarterback completed 13-of-18 passes for 96 yards in his team's win over the Atlanta Falcons, and he threw his first big-league touchdown.

The Jets shouldn't stunt Darnold's growth by bringing in another quarterback just for the sake of not exposing him in meaningless preseason games.

It was Bridgewater's first touchdown pass since August 28, 2016, in a preseason game for the Vikings against the Chargers.

"I'm not going to jump to any conclusions after one game", coach Todd Bowles said. The organization's intention is to give Darnold every chance to win the job. It's a tough decision.

There were three penalties called under the new rule prohibiting players from leading with their helmets, including two in a three-play span. Jets cornerback Buster Skrine was called on a kickoff return by running back Ito Smith, who was penalized for lowering heads moments later while blocking on a second-down play.

After the game, Darnold explained why he looked so comfortable: He was.

"My first scoring drive of my whole career was a two-minute drive going down the field", Darnold said. Darnold looked comfortable in his National Football League debut, showing why the Jets coveted him at the top of the draft. On his second possession, he orchestrated a 10-play, 64-yard touchdown drive, ending with his 14-yard scoring pass to Charles Johnson. He would've had a seventh consecutive completion, but his throw into the end zone was dropped by Johnson.

Darnold wore a glove on his left (non-throwing) hand in the second half after getting it stepped on at the end of a second-quarter scramble. He cooled off in the second half, generating no points. If anything, the Jets should focus mostly on Teddy Bridgewater and Darnold splitting duties with McCown advising, coaching, and mentoring on the sideline all preseason long. He missed the 2016 season and played only a handful of snaps last season in one mop-up appearance.

"Overall, it was a great day", said Bridgewater, who finished 7 of 8 for 85 yards. "I was at peace out there".

"I was so excited for this group". You never want the quarterback to get hit, but for me it was like, man, it was the final step of the process. Got hit, got right back up. It served as a reminder that the game is still the same.