Todd Bowles Addresses Sam Darnold Holdout

Q)Is there an update on Sam Darnold and his contract?

Todd Bowles: No, not at this time. He’s not here, so we’re coaching the (89) other guys.

Q)What does Darnold lose by not being at training camp?

Bowles: Anytime you’re not here you lose something. It’s been a day. Obviously, when he comes in we will get him caught up. Right now, we’ve got (89) other guys to worry about.

Q)Is it frustrating not having him at training camp?

Bowles: It’s part of the business. We’ve got two other quarterbacks that can play too. If he came and got hurt on the first day, we would have to play everybody else so we adjust to that and move on.

Q)How many practices would Darnold have to miss for it to become a concern?

Bowles: It is not a concern now because I can only coach the guys that are here. As a coach, we’re going to coach the guys that are here. When Sam gets here, we’ll get him caught up. Until then, we go as planned.

Q)When would another quarterback be needed to reduce the reps for the two quarterbacks that are at training camp?

Bowles: You always talk about it regardless of the fact. And we keep a close monitor on them and we’ll keep a pitch count. We’ll understand when we need to do something and when we don’t.

Q)Have you been in touch with Darnold at all?

Bowles: No, I have not.

Q)Are you annoyed that Darnold’s contract has not been completed?

Bowles: I’ve played, I’ve coached, I’ve scouted. It’s part of the business. It’s just another day in the office. There’s no animosity there. It’s just the business part. When he comes in, we’ll get him caught up to speed and get him ready to go. So right now we’re just coaching the (89) other guys. It’s not frustrating. I’m a coach – people get hurt, people go down, people get suspended and contract situations. That has nothing to do with the team. I’m worried about the team.

Q)Has Sam Darnold reached a point in his development, with his work from the spring, that missing a few days of training camp isn’t a big deal?

Bowles: Everybody needs practice full-time, whether it’s a rookie or whether it’s a 15-year veteran. He’ll get caught up when he gets in here.


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