Jets OC: Sam Darnold’s handled everything we’ve thrown at him


Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold got a nice review of his work from one of the team’s older players at the position on Tuesday and it was offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates’ chance to talk about the third overall pick’s progress.

The word was once again positive. Bates said that Watching Darnold “execute football on the practice field is pretty exciting” and that the rookie has “been able to handle” everything the team has thrown his way since the draft in April. He also made it clear that they’ve been throwing everything they can in his direction.

“Are we giving him bits and pieces of the offense or are we throwing everything at him? We’re throwing everything at him,” Bates said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “If he can handle it, if he can prove that he’s the starter, then that will take place when the time comes.”

However much Bates and company have come up with the last couple of months, there’s only so much a team can throw at a quarterback in OTAs and minicamp before the lack of contact and opposition forces them to a ceiling.

Before any serious thought can be given to Darnold starting a game in the regular season, he’ll have to show he can handle what other teams are throwing at him in the preseason. The Jets kick off that portion of their schedule on August 10 against the Falcons.

17 responses to “Jets OC: Sam Darnold’s handled everything we’ve thrown at him

  1. This kid is the real thing. He has a quiet confidence about him and a blue collar work ethic. Just give him the time he needs to develop Jets, don’t rush him.

  2. Yes….. commendable.
    But will he handle all Flores throws at him is the pertinent question

  3. I like Mayfield’s energy and competitive spirit, but i have a feeling this guy is going to be the pick of the litter.

  4. 9.5 ish hands is not small at all. Just fumbled bc terrible mechaics and when he scrambles he holds the ball low with 1 hand = Bad Things lol

  5. Sam will be very interesting to watch. Reviewing his last game, he didn’t look ready for the next level by any means. When the pocket gets tight, bad things seem to happen regularly … fumbles, picks, misfires.

    As another poster alluded to, Sam’s going to need time to develop and hopefully the Jets don’t destroy him by pushing him out there too quickly. He could stand to have a Mahommes year, watching, practicing and learning.

    But it’s the Jets, so he’ll get shoved out there after a few losses and be lucky to survive until his next team (ala Hackenburger).

    Good luck Sam!

  6. Have you thrown an opposing nfl defense at him that has schemed al week to confuse him and take away his best options? Until then, it doesn’t really matter what you’ve thrown at him.

  7. Everyone forgets to mention how young he is. Offensive cordatinator bates is going to develop darnold into a great quarterback. Darnold will do great in his offense,he will have darnold moving outside the pocket which he is very accurate passer on the run. It’s going to be exciting the jets finally found the one

  8. @ billswillnevermove

    Who’s your QB again? Nathan Peterman? AJ McCarron? Or will it be your 1st rounder, Josh “Broadside of the Barn” Allen?
    Are you talking smack with that QB room? :ROFL:

  9. sure….but pretty much every quarterback in the league handled everything the Jets through at them last season….

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