While it is essential to note that Darnold remained third in the quarterback rotation behind McCown and Bridewater in Sunday's practice, Cimini points out the rookie quarterback accounted for 12 of the first-team snaps, with McCown recording seven and Bridgewater just one.
For his part, Darnold indicated getting snaps with the starting unit is beneficial.
"No matter who I'm working with, reps are always the key, but I think working with the first team gets me more comfortable with those guys and they get more comfortable with me and the way I like to play," Darnold said, via ESPN.
Darnold could start the second preseason game, but the third contest is typically the game to closely watch when considering the long-standing tradition of teams around the league treating it like a dress rehearsal for the regular season. With the fourth preseason game often a final test for players on the bubble, it is common to see starters go beyond halftime in the third one.
But so far, so good for the rookie quarterback, who could make his case to start the season with strong performances the rest of the month.