Greg Cosell: J.J. McCarthy not ready to start for Vikings Week 1 vs. Giants

greg cosell: j.j. mccarthy not ready to start for vikings week 1 vs. giants

J.J. McCarthy

Rookie quarterback J.J. McCarthy won’t be the starting quarterback Week 1 for the Minnesota Vikings when they face the New York Giants Week 1 in East Rutherford, N.J. At least not if you believe well-connected NFL insider Greg Cosell.

“I think they know that McCarthy’s not ready,” Cosell said on the Ross Tucker Podcast. “Everybody I talk to knows McCarthy’s not ready.”

If McCarthy isn’t the quarterback for Minnesota against the Giants, that means former New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold will be.

There was, of course, a tremendous amount of speculation that the Giants would select McCarthy at No. 6 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft as a long-term replacement for Daniel Jones. The Giants passed, selecting wide receiver Malik Nabers instead. McCarthy went No. 10 overall to the Vikings.

McCarthy had an inconsistent spring for the Vikings. The Athletic described it this way:

Think of his first few months as your first few months taking a foreign language. Why rush? Why overreact? Show up, make mistakes, learn, then show up again.

McCarthy also showed he has accuracy issues from the pitcher’s mound.

Darnold failed with the Jets after being the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He has been with the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers since his Jet days. He will return to MetLife Stadium in September hoping to kick-start his career.

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