Report: Sam Darnold has “very fair shot” at starting job

AP

The Jets held an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday night and quarterback Sam Darnold worked mainly with the third team while completing 9-of-11 passes for 89 yards.

After it was over, Jets head coach Todd Bowles said, via comments distributed by the team, that he could see some errors by the rookie but that he’s “getting better every day and we will go from there.” Will he go from the third team to the first team?

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Darnold has a “very fair shot” at nailing down the starting job before the start of the regular season as he is “further along than they thought” he’d be at this point. Bowles has installed Josh McCown as the team’s No. 1 with Teddy Bridgewater running as the No. 2 in training camp.

Thursday brings a preseason game against the Falcons and a chance for Darnold to face an NFL defense that’s going to try to hit him for the first time and that should start to provide a better idea of how quickly he’ll ascend the depth chart this month.

31 responses to “Report: Sam Darnold has “very fair shot” at starting job

  1. And the NotYets have a “very fair shot” at being in the AFCE cellar yet again.

  2. So a Top 5 Quarterback taken in the first round has a fair shot to start. Somne earth Shattering shi right there

  3. …that’s it Jets, throw him to the wolves! I remember the days of the old NFL where you would give a rookie at least 10 weeks to be a back-up and at least learn sonmething. In the REAL OLD days a rokkie would have to wait a year. Flash forward to 2020 and see why the Jets are SHOCKED, he did’nt pan out.

  4. With no chance to move up in position in the AFC east ( 3rd at best) why…. why would you want to rush and feed your # 1 draft pick to the lions in year one?

    Slow down and let the 2 experienced QB’s ahead of him bear the load and let the kid learn.

    Alas…. we are talking about the Jets here…..reason and prudence go out the window.

  5. “Thursday brings a preseason game against the Falcons and a chance for Darnold to face an NFL defense that’s going to try to hit him for the first time and that should start to provide a better idea of how quickly he’ll ascend the depth chart this month.”

    You should have said “face a 3rd string NFL defense that’s going to try to hit him for the first time”

    3rd string vs 3rd string doesn’t really give a better idea of how he’d perform vs a first string D in a regular season game at all.

  6. so you’re telling me I got a shot….I read ya, I read ya

    -Lloyd Christmas dumb and dumber

  7. Provided the QB prospect is ready, you learn more by playing that by sitting.
    IF Darnold is ready and has a mediocre year, thats fine, the Jets aren’t a playoff team at this point.
    Jarred Goff and Carson Wentz weren’t good their rookie years.
    If Darnold is ready, then start him, so that he improves and becomes a good QB in a year or two.

  8. arwiv says:

    As a Giants fan who watches all Jets games, and despises the Jets, I love it.

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    Giants fans have to be nervous. If Darnold turns out to be the real deal and lights it up for the next 10-15 years after the Giants passed on him for a RB (even a good RB), the Giants and their fans will be sick.

  9. waldoampere says:
    August 6, 2018 at 10:01 am
    arwiv says:

    As a Giants fan who watches all Jets games, and despises the Jets, I love it.

    —————–
    Giants fans have to be nervous. If Darnold turns out to be the real deal and lights it up for the next 10-15 years after the Giants passed on him for a RB (even a good RB), the Giants and their fans will be sick.

    ________________________________
    You are correct sir. If even one of Darmold, Allen, or Rosen turns out to be a stud….assuming the Giants dont win another SB with Eli….the 2018 draft will go down as a huge failure by my Giants.

  10. Down escalator accelerating for Teddy Bridgewater’s career. Went from being the next big thing at the QB position a couple years back, to third string on the Jets in a hurry.

  11. I was there. Great scrimmage to watch. Darnold looked really, really good. Cannon and Herndon too.

    Whenever he is ready, I think we finally have something at QB.

  12. How many QBs can the Jets ruin before the owners get together an put a stop to it? It’s downright unfair to these poor kids…

  13. of course. That’s why his agent was so stupid to have him hold out. He’s going to be the starter so he needs all the reps he can get. If he’s the franchise QB, he’ll be paid tons of bucks down the road. Just ask Matt Ryan. QB’s are the anti-tailbacks.

  14. LVRDRS says:
    August 6, 2018 at 10:09 am
    USC QB = no no
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    Certain schools have a knack for producing a lot of players in the NFL and being terrible pros. Other than Carson Palmer, USC has been meh. Now, take a look at every single QB from every school in the state of Florida since the early 90s. Now THAT’s completely astounding how bad all the QBs from the Florida schools have been, especially the Heisman winners: Torretta, Ward, Wuerffel, Weinke, Tebow, Winston (jury still out).

  15. They should start him. He was drafted high to be the future. No need to wait if no other QBs on the roster are better options than him.

  16. He will be playing in actual football weather for the first time,plus the weather in the Northeast between Thanksgiving and the first week of January. Instead of a team that’s better man for man better then most of their opponents he will be on a team that’s projected to win no more than seven games.Better to watch and learn.

  17. Darnold is legit. His work ethic is awesome and nothing rattles him. He has underrated mobility and is very accurate on the move (both moving to his right AND left). Only a matter of time til the Jets are making noise in the AFC.

  18. The whole USC argument is laughable. Colleges don’t “make” QBs.

    Name another good QB from Michigan besides Tom Brady in the past 20 years (btw Brady didn’t even really start when he was there). So I guess Michigan doesn’t produce good QBs either, except for Brady lol.

    Franchise QBs are such a statistical unicorn of course schools are going to look like they have busts in the NFL. It’s a numbers game.

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