Sam Darnold was a heralded quarterback out of USC. He had an excellent college career, and many NFL experts believed that he was the best quarterback in the draft. The Jets did not expect Darnold to be available when the team selected in the draft.
The Cleveland Browns shocked everyone by picking Baker Mayfield with the first pick. The Browns have a new general manager who believes that Mayfield is the best option at quarterback. Darnold fell to sixth overall where the Jets selected him. Most draft analysts believe that Darnold was an excellent choice at that spot.
Training Camp Results
Most NFL teams are going through training camp. The Jets have multiple quarterbacks on the roster who could contribute this season. Some fans want to see Darnold play immediately. Most coaches gradually introduce a player to the NFL. Numerous rookie quarterbacks have struggled to contribute early in the season.
Most of the coaching staff is impressed with Darnold so far. Not only does he have a command of the offense, but he is a great team leader.
One of the reasons the Jets struggled last year was due to poor pass protection. The team has a young offensive line that needs to be upgraded. Although the Jets made a few upgrades on the offensive line, the coaching staff still needs to focus on protecting Darnold.
The running game will be a key part of the offense. If the Jets can establish a strong running game, the team will have to rely on quarterback play much less.
Sam Darnold has a promising career in the NFL if he stays healthy. It has been over a decade since the Jets had an elite quarterback. Many fans believe that Darnold could be exactly who they have hoped for.