Future Watch: Sam Darnold Rookie Football Cards, Jets –Sam Darnold will be given some time to hone his craft. He walked into OTA’s as the third quarterback on the depth chart. That’s good. He can learn from two veteran quarterbacks and maybe he gets to start a preseason game or two. That’s a good way to get his feet wet in the media capitol of the world: The Big Apple.
The Jets selected Darnold third overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. He is looked at as their future franchise quarterback, a title that has been very fleeting for the organization for too many years.
The 6-3, 225-pound quarterback hails from California and had the luxury of attending USC. He redshirted his first season in 2015.
In 2016, he was a second-stringer. He got a start when the team started the season 1-2. In his first game he was 18-26, passing for 253 yards and a rushing touchdown. He lost that game but was off and running. He never lost another game that season. His 26 touchdowns were a school record by a freshman. USC beat Penn State in the Rose Bowl 52-49. The star quarterback was 33-53 with 453 yards (a Rose Bowl record) and five touchdowns (also a Rose Bowl record). Later that year he won the NCAA MVP Award; the Archie Griffin Award.
2017 was an off year for the star quarterback. He threw too many interceptions, 13, against 26 touchdowns (five less than 2016) even though he still passed for 4,143 yards, a career high. Many felt he lost the Heisman and the chance to be the first overall selection that season.
Darnold (14) had some good throws:
Jets fans can’t wait to see him lead their team but will understand if it takes some time.
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