Jets will evaluate QBs in the draft before deciding on Sam Darnold’s future

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The Jets have a decision to make about the future of quarterback Sam Darnold, but it’s not a decision they’re rushing to make.

Before deciding what to do with Darnold, the Jets will evaluate all of the top quarterbacks in the draft, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Those evaluations will include all of the players’ Pro Day workouts, plus individual interviews with the players, so it will likely be close to the draft before the Jets have made a firm evaluation of what they want to do with the second overall pick and what they want to do with Darnold.

The Jaguars are expected to take Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick. At No. 2, the Jets are likely deciding among BYU’s Zach Wilson, Ohio State’s Justin Fields, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance and Alabama’s Mac Jones.

Darnold has one more year remaining on his rookie contract, and the Jets are not expected to pick up his fifth-year option. The Jets could either try to trade Darnold, or give him one more year with a new coaching staff to show what he can do.

28 responses to “Jets will evaluate QBs in the draft before deciding on Sam Darnold’s future

  1. Does it matter? They will ruin who ever is under center. Build the rest of your team. You have zero skill players and your #1 receiver is an overpaid #3 that I thought was out of the league.

  2. It just doesn’t make sense to me for NY to hang onto Darnold, you have 3 years of film on the guy and he’s still making the same mistakes he did as a rookie. Trade him for whatever you can get to a QB/back up QB needy team and go with whatever QB prospect you like better at #2. You might as well get a kid on a cheap 4 year deal that Saleh and LaFleur can groom while the Jets rebuild.

  3. Better to admit your mistake now, when your QB is still under his rookie contract. Take a look at the teams trading QB’s now to try and get rid of their high priced contract.

  4. Honestly I don’t know what’s wrong with Sam Darnold that a decent offense of line and some quality skill players wouldn’t fix. I don’t watch the Jets play often enough to talk about his play, but I can look at the record and see that they’re not exactly overrun with quality coaching and players. I don’t know how you can judge any quarterback under those conditions. When you talk about trading a quarterback it implies he has value. So I’m guessing that he has a lot of upside. It’s more a question of if someone in the draft would be an upgrade. But like a lot of young quarterbacks, they go with the top of the draft to some terrible teams. I guess we’ll see where Darnold place next year and see if he’s any good

  5. I think he’s done for. They will trade him and go for a new QB in draft because it’s just a better deal than paying top dollar for a trade/free agent without having good pieces around him.

  6. That’s smart, but by saying that it tells you everything you need to know about how they feel about Darnold.

  7. So you’re telling me that a team is going to evaluate the QB prospects in the draft before deciding if they draft one ? The hell you say!

  8. So do they plan on picking up his 5th year option if they keep him if not take 3rd round pick from Whoever and draft Wilson 2nd overall

  9. This really isn’t fair on Darnold. Tell the boy straight – we’re riding with you OR We’re trading you! Make up your mind and do what you need to do.

  10. Gase almost ruined Tannehill, but he was fortunate to escape to a team with decent coaching. They need to judge Darnold away from Gase. Darnold might still bust, but at least you’ll know it wasn’t solely Gase’s fault.

  11. I expect TB12’s grandson will be playing in the league (probably for BB) before the Jets get their QB situation straightened out.

  12. As a Bills fan I can see the jets have a lot of issues…I dont think Darnold is chief among them. How bout surrounding the kid with some actual talent….then see how he does…

  13. Darnold has shown zero growth as a QB during his 3 seasons with the Jets. Being coached by Adam Gase these past two seasons plus the fact that he came out of college a year early for the the draft has probably killed what potential he once had.

    Jets should cut him loose and start over at QB. Darnold might turn into an adequate backup on another team.

  14. Guess this means the Jets are not the least bit interested in Watson?

    I don’t blame them, I said a while back that what Watson pulled is going to give a lot of teams pause on him. Especially with his average cap hit moving to $40mil/yr for three years starting in 2022.

  15. The Jets acquired Sam Darnold when they were a bad team and it is fair to say they”ruined”him with bad personnel and or bad coaches..but to say they will ruin whoever they get has been a popular thing lately ..they didn’t ruin Namath or O’Brien or Todd or Pennington..they got the best season out of Vinny Testeverde…Was Sanchez Geno Smith and Hackenberg ruined by them or did they just stink..I think these QB’s either have it or they don’t..Aaron Rodgers ,Philip Rivers..AlexSmith …Drew Brees…Kurt Warner have played well for different coaches and different Teams

  16. It’s unbelievable that there’s 7,800,000,000 people in the world and we can’t find 32 that truly deserve to be starting QBs in the NFL, AMAZING!

  17. If only they listened to football guys and took Josh Allen instead of listening to stat nerds and took Sam Darnold… Knowing the Jets passed on Allen makes him that much sweeter of a treasure to Bills fans.

  18. I look at Sam Darnold the same way I looked at Steve Young when he was on a terrible Tampa Bay team. Many people had the same thoughts about Young as I’m now hearing about Darnold. There was no huge bidding war for Young. He was a bust. And Jim Plunkett was the overall #1 pick and went to a horrible New England franchise. He was a bust. Then on to Oakland and the Super Bowls. Someone could get a good QB cheap. It’s been done before, and it will be done again. Geez, most people were calling Josh Allen a bust just a couple months ago.

  19. Draft a qb and give darnold 1 more year… hopefully lighting a fire under him will get the best out of him.

  20. With Josh Allen and the potential of Tua in the division the Jets need a game changer at QB—Darnold is not that guy. Darnold may develop into a mid-level QB during his career, but in 3 years has not shown that he is special. Get the 4th round draft pick for him now while you can.

  21. joshallensgoldjacket says:
    February 22, 2021 at 7:36 pm
    If only they listened to football guys and took Josh Allen instead of listening to stat nerds and took Sam Darnold… Knowing the Jets passed on Allen makes him that much sweeter of a treasure to Bills fans.

    How good would Josh Allen be if Adam Gase had been his coach for two years? Lets not forget the Jets Ol, RB and WR. Do you really think Josh would have gotten the Jets to the playoffs?

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