La’Mical Perine wants Sam Darnold to remain as Jets quarterback

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While the New York Jets look to chart a path forward under new head coach Robert Saleh, determining the fate of the quarterback position will be among the biggest decisions the team will have to make.

The Jets intend to evaluate the available quarterbacks in the draft before making a call on Sam Darnold, but Jets running back La'Mical Perine hopes the team doesn’t change course.

In an appearance on the NFL Network, Perine said he wants Darnold to remain the team’s starting quarterback.

“No disrespect to any of the quarterbacks that’s in the draft, but I actually had a chance to play with Sam and was able to be in the backfield with him, so I know what he brings to the team,” Perine said. “He’s a great leader, man. We’ve just got to put good weapons around him, and he can very well succeed and be one of the top quarterbacks in this league.”

Darnold hasn’t had a great supporting cast around him with the Jets during his first three seasons in the NFL. The Jets have gone 13-25 in 38 games with Darnold as the starter. For his career, he’s completing just 59.8 percent of his passes with 45 touchdowns and 39 interceptions. But that’s record isn’t all attributable to Darnold given the struggles of the Jets at large.

Perine has just one season playing alongside Darnold and the Jets weathered a 1-15 campaign that saw them begin the season 0-13 before back-to-back wins against the Los Angeles Rams and a COVID-stricken Cleveland Browns team. Through the losing, Perine was impressed by the way Darnold led the team and handled the circumstances.

“He’s a great vocal leader, he’s a great guy to be around, he’s competitive, and I’m ready to look forward to him,” Perine said. “I hope he’s on our team this year being my starting quarterback.”

11 responses to “La’Mical Perine wants Sam Darnold to remain as Jets quarterback

  1. “the Jets weathered a 1-15 campaign that saw them begin the season 0-13 before back-to-back wins against the Los Angeles Rams and a COVID-stricken Cleveland Browns team.”

    – Isn’t it amazing that the Jets somehow managed back-to-back wins in a 1-15 season? Impossible, actually.

    The Jets were, in fact, 2-14 in 2020.

  2. Dolphins, Patriots, and Bills fans also want Sam Darnold to remain the Jets starting Quarterback.

  3. coachsemanko says:
    February 25, 2021 at 6:00 am
    Dolphins, Patriots, and Bills fans also want Sam Darnold to remain the Jets starting Quarterback.
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    Dolphins fans wouldn’t know how to spot a good QB, and Pats fans still think Stidham is going to the HOF. So I wouldn’t put much stock in what the opposing fans think.

  4. Perhaps the best thing for Darnold’s career is to move on. Like to see him in Denver or San Francisco.

  5. The Jets should keep Darnold and trade out of the #2 pick. The team needs players and what team is in love with Darnold anyway? Trade down to 10/11 and if the player you love is there (receiver?) take him or trade out again to the middle/bottom of 1st round. There they could find Mac Jones and then trade Darnold to a team that didn’t have the trade capital to get up to #2 pick. It’s a little risky but so is the draft. Very few players end up drafted where their talent dictated their value. How many players picked in the top 10 in the draft had careers that justified where they were drafted? Not many.

  6. You need an elite QB to win in the NFL. Sam Darnold is a young elite QB. It’s also nice to have a couple HOFers on defense. Guys like Jamal Adams and Leonard Williams. They’ve already unloaded their two stud defenders. Why on earth would the Jets hold onto their elite QB. I hear what Perine is saying, but we’re talking about the Jets.

  7. Anyone else find it somewhat ironic that La’Mical Perine feels that Darnold just needs a better supporting cast when he is himself part of said poor cast?

  8. They had two (2) good wide receivers. One went to the Panthers and now they are going to get rid of the other one. They started winning at the end of the year. They got rid of a few key defenders too. Too much noise from the outside affecting their minds (same noise the Browns dealt with before, like questioning the QB, questioning the coaching from people like Colin Cowherd and other narcissist media people). Don’t listen to the outside noise. The Dolphins and Browns are turning their teams around so will the Jets get better.

  9. Sam’s record is 13-25, but the Jets are 0-10 in games started by his backups the last 3 years. He could be salvaged, but I think the Jets will want to start fresh.

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