More talk that Sam Darnold is closing in on the Jets’ starting job

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Since rookie quarterback Sam Darnold ended his brief holdout and signed with the Jets, there’s been a steady drumbeat of talk that he has a good chance of earning the starting job in Week One. Now Darnold is looking like not only does he have a chance, but he’s the favorite to start when the Jets open the regular season against the Lions on Monday Night Football.

Darnold was working with the first-string offense in practice this week, and Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News writes that it would be an upset if Darnold doesn’t start the opener.

According to the report, the Jets’ decision makers are getting happier and happier with their decision to take Darnold third overall with each day of practice they see.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles said he has been impressed with both Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater, and that it’s a three-way quarterback race. But the Jets didn’t draft Darnold to stand on the sideline holding a clipboard. They drafted him because they think he’s their franchise quarterback.

55 responses to “More talk that Sam Darnold is closing in on the Jets’ starting job

  1. So…the “more talk” in the headline is merely media speculation since there is no other news.
    Hey if there’s no news to throw up on the ‘net…let’s make up some “news” in order to have fresh web content.

  2. this is a no brainer, Jets future is not with McCown or Bridgewater, they may win a game or two more with the veteran QB, let Darnold play they’re not expected to the super bowl.

  3. Lets see how he plays tonight and especially next week against the Giants. I hope the kid wins the job and kicks butt. He will have some bad times like all rookies do. Stay healthy,get a little better each week.

  4. So dumb trot Bridgewater out and sacrifice him first. It’s gonna be another ugly jets season.

  5. The Redskins had great things to say about him after practicing against the Jets all week. Hopefully he’s the real deal and the Giants regret passing on him for the next 15 years+

  6. Odd, that a franchise QB and team savior like Teddy Bridgewater would be getting beat out by competition that has never even thrown an NFL pass before.

  7. I still would prefer to have him sit for at least half the year. If we are not looking that the playoffs under McCown or Teddy, then let him get some reps. While the Jets are not playing many defense oriented teams this year, Id rather not throw another young QB to the wolves. I don’t want to see Darnold looking like a dear in the headlights while Chubb and Miller bear down in week 5 after dealing with Calias Campbell and squad in week 4.

  8. I’m routing for this guy – he wasn’t really given much of a chance and we’ve seen how little Theodore Bridgewater has to offer in upside; and the other guy is a spare tire against the other two going bad.

    I say let the “kid” play, get some reps and actual field time – if he’s the real deal, he’ll improve in the second half of the season and give the Jets hope. And when have the Jets had any hope in the second half of a season?

  9. kevines255 says:
    August 16, 2018 at 2:22 pm
    Why did you sign Teddy?
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    Same reason the Bills signed McCarron,

    Insurance……. Bridge…….

  10. I hate Darnold but the jets should keep him on the bench. Why would you get your potential future franchise qb into a situation that could be crippling? Let him learn and add some pieces for when he does take over.

  11. The Jets still can’t evaluate Quarterbacks. Please trade Teddy to a team that will use him.

  12. Look at that picture. The knock on Darnold was hand size and protecting the ball. He’s doing a great job of hanging on to it but he has to hold it like a basketball. Once he brings it down like he’s one dimensional and won’t be able to throw it away let alone complete a pass. That is the tell to rush him all out and he’s liable to take a pounding.

  13. With that kind of investment if he’s prepared to go forward with every experience and not backwards it only makes sense.

    If he’s competent and not in danger of getting shell-shocked out of the league before he understands it, there’s zero value in letting him sit for up to 20% of his contract time (if he sits the entire year) Every 4 game stretch is 5% of the team control of him (if fuzzy math serves correct), so why allow those precious games slip away from you?

  14. Teddy gets traded then Sam becomes #1. As really Sam will be behind center week 1. Probably the only rookie to start for week 1 in 2018.

  15. I could see him being ready to roll. I believe this season’s crop of QBs is going to be one of the best ever. How will he hold up if the team goes 0-3 and he’s running for his life? I have a feeling he can weather that storm.

  16. kevines255
    Aug 16, 2018, 2:22 PM EDT
    Why did you sign Teddy?
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    They signed teddy way before the draft. When they signed teddy, they still had the 5th pick and wouldn’t know for sure that The QB they wanted would be available.

  17. Darnold looked good against a bunch of 3’s and 4’s the majority of whom wont be on NFL rosters next month, lets see the guys play with the 2nd string or 1st team starters before making him the starters. Why not let the guy develop a bit before throwing him into the fire on a bad Jets team without much help around him at all with a very poor offensive line in front of him? That’s how u ruin QB’s . Darnold is not ready and would greatly benefit from sitting for a bit before starting. Both Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith looked extremely good in their 1st preseason games to, with the NY Post writing “A star is born” on the cover on the post. Guess what the headline was after Darnold’s debut, yup “A star is born”. Its almost like weve seen this movie before. Just because he shredded backups doesnt mean anything, you’re paying Josh McCown for a reason. Dont start Darnold prematurely and ending up severely shaking his confidence because u threw him before he was ready, let him develop.
    And for the record I do believe Sam Darnold will be an excellent NFL QB, I think both Darnold and Josh Rosen will develop into Elite NFL QB’s and the best QB’s from this class, but Darnold is ready. He just barely turned 21yrs old, he needs to sit for a minute. Sit him for the first 7-8 weeks before throwing him into the proverbial fire, the Jets arent going anywhere this season anyways.

  18. tylawspick6 says:
    August 16, 2018 at 3:11 pm
    YES!!
    – Pats Fans
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    There are Pats Fans and then there is you.

  19. So glad the Jets, Bills and Dolphins are in the Patriots’ division. We don’t even get out of bed until January.

  20. At what quarter will they pull him against the Lions? Should I say how many interceptions will they allow him to throw? I’m pretty sure his preseason success will quickly turn into failure, like 99% of rookie quarterbacks. This is especially true once teams start game planning with their defenses.

  21. I wonder if the Patriots’ 31-ranked defense will be better or worse this year with the loss of Matt Patricia? There’s an argument to be made that the AFC East improved over the offseason, so they could sink all the way to 32 with the loss of Butler. Either way, that bodes well for Darnold.

  22. All for going with the young guy if he’s ready but lest we forget…McCown has actually been a pretty reliable starter when given the chance. Had a better QBR than Cousins, Big Ben and Matt Ryan last year. He’s earned the right to start again even if it’s not for the Jets.

  23. As a longtime Browns fan, all I would say to the Jets is “beware.” Starting rookie QBs is a very, very risky business. Brady Quinn, Brandon Weeden, Johnny Manziel, and Deshone Kizer anyone? I think Baker Mayfield might be ready to start sooner than Darnold, but he won’t since the Browns (under the watchful eye of their Green Bay East front office) has apparently decided to take the Aaron Rodgers route. Smart, methinks.

  24. I see there’s still an awful lot of b-hurt Packers fans who watched Bridgewater beat out their Rodgers led Packers for a division title. He’s living rent free in their heads still to this day!

  25. El Guapo says:
    August 16, 2018 at 4:28 pm
    I wonder if the Patriots’ 31-ranked defense will be better or worse this year with the loss of Matt Patricia? There’s an argument to be made that the AFC East improved over the offseason, so they could sink all the way to 32 with the loss of Butler. Either way, that bodes well for Darnold.

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    Anyone ranknng a D based on useless yards allowed, where 100-200 total yards can separate the 15th ranked D and a 31st ranked D, has no idea what this league is about.

    They were 5th in points allowed, as decimated by injury as they were.

    From Oct 1 on, no D allowed fewer points in the entire league.

    Try again, loser Jets fan.

  26. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    August 16, 2018 at 3:15 pm
    Belichick is going to eat this kid alive.

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    LMAO

    He will, for years, but anyone who is believing you to be a Pats fan, is as much a moron as yourself.

    Congrats, Jets fan!

  27. Darnold and Rosen are in great situations with vets McCown and Bradford to mentor them. I think if both stay healthy, both will be solid NFL QBs. Not sold on any of the others but do think Baker could be good in his own way.

  28. Darnold is a California QB.
    The NYJ went down the California road before with Ken O’Brien and Mark Sanchez.
    I expect Darnold to be an epic bust.
    Same goes for Rosen.
    Best QBs in this class will be Mayfield, Jackson, and Rudolph.

  29. Jets are officially tanking the season. Darnold might be great one day, but if Darnold plays 16 games the Jets will not win more than 3 games at best. Peyton had an aweful rookie year, as did Aikman. The Jets don’t have any talent on offense. This is going to be bad…very bad.

  30. “I see there’s still an awful lot of b-hurt Packers fans who watched Bridgewater beat out their Rodgers led Packers for a division title. He’s living rent free in their heads still to this day!

    Nah, that was alleviated by the Vikings one and done in the playoffs that year while GB was an OT play away from the NFC Championship game.

    As was the pain of Favre in purple alleviated by the heart wrenching pick in the the conference championship that sent the Saints to the Super bowl.

    As was the pain of the 2017 season alleviated by 38-7.

  31. I still say keep all 3 qb’s
    past experience says the jets
    should not trade (bridgewater)
    any qb that may have talent –
    you never know

  32. Why the hurry? Even without Darnold, the Jets have a good QB situation. They should take advantage of that luxury by bringing Darnold along gradually.

    They’re not getting past the Pats, or for that matter, the Steelers, Jags, Chargers, Chiefs, Texans, etc. No reason to rush things.

    Somehow I have the feeling that the rookie QB that gets started first will end up being the loser.

  33. @The Zen Master

    The “Jets have no talent” argument is getting old. Robby Anderson is arguably the best wide receiver in the AFC east (depends on your thoughts about Edelman), Enunwa put up 800 receiving yards in 2016 with a rotation of Fitzpatrick, Geno, and Bryce Petty at QB, Kearse is a serviceable #2 wide receiver and will be an even better #3. Crowell and Powell are more than capable running backs as well. The only question I have is with the offensive line, they have a good starting o-line but they lack depth.

  34. ryann252013 says:
    August 16, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    @The Zen Master

    The “Jets have no talent” argument is getting old. Robby Anderson is arguably the best wide receiver in the AFC east (depends on your thoughts about Edelman), Enunwa put up 800 receiving yards in 2016 with a rotation of Fitzpatrick, Geno, and Bryce Petty at QB, Kearse is a serviceable #2 wide receiver and will be an even better #3. Crowell and Powell are more than capable running backs as well. The only question I have is with the offensive line, they have a good starting o-line but they lack depth.

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    They need to keep that myth going because they like to argue that the Patriots have an easy division. Even the times the Jets beat up their teams they still like to argue that.

  35. He’s never played in actual football weather let alone the weather in the Northeast between Thanksgiving and the first week in January.He’s had problems with fumbles and interceptions playing in perfect conditions in the Pac 12.Further at USC his team was better man for man then most of the team’s he played,that’s not the case with the Jets.Check game summary at last year’s Cotton Bowl vs Ohio St.

  36. razzlejag says:
    August 16, 2018 at 4:01 pm
    So glad the Jets, Bills and Dolphins are in the Patriots’ division. We don’t even get out of bed until January.

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    And those are teams that actually beat up other teams. Two of them have even been in the playoffs recently. Imagine if we had Cleveland, Cincy, and Baltimore? Now that would be the true cakewalk.

  37. They were 5th in points allowed, as decimated by injury as they were.

    From Oct 1 on, no D allowed fewer points in the entire league.

    Try again, loser Jets fan.

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    Fair enough, but how many points did they allow in the Super Bowl….against a backup QB?!

  38. Seems like they are rushing him to me.

    The QB “competition” looks like a ruse. A week after Darnold showed up, he was moved to the top of the depth chart.

    I would rather take the cautious approach. Bring him along slowly and make sure he’s truly ready before starting him.

    It’s WAY easier to go from McCown/Bridgewater to Darnold than it is to go from Darnold to Bridgewater/McCown (if Darnold struggles and/or shows he’s not ready).

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