QB Sam Darnold - New York Jets

6-4, 225Born: 6-5-1997College: Southern CaliforniaDrafted: Round 1, pick 2018

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 11): Darnold had a great opening drive and did enough for his team to win over the Giants. His ceiling isn't high, but his floor is very solid against Washington this week, and against Oakland, Cincinnati, and Miami from Weeks 12-14.

Week 11: at Washington Redskins

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Recent Stats and Projections

7 vs NE 61 11 32 86 0 4 2 -1 0 1 -0.8
8 at JAX 61 21 30 218 2 3 1 -1 0 0 14.8
9 at MIA 70 27 39 260 1 1 2 1 0 0 16.1
10 vs NYG 65 19 30 230 1 0 3 25 1 0 24
11 at WAS PROJ-Tremblay * 20 32 * * * 2 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Sam Darnold's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 9 vs MIA (27 / 39 / 260 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)

It was another awful performance by Darnold, who at one point had guard Brian Winters yelling at him. Things actually went well on the first drive, as the Jets drove down the field and Darnold connected with Jamison Crowder on a 15 yard pass where the receiver was wide open as he entered the end zone. Darnold and Crowder actually connected four times on that drive alone. After that nice start, however, things went downhill in a rapid fashion. The low points - and there were ample to choose from - were the mishandled snap that resulted in a safety and his goal line interception. On the safety, Winters thought he saw Darnold signal to snap the ball and motioned for the center to do so. Darnold was not ready, and ball sailed past him into the end zone. On the interception, the Jets were on the three yard line of the Dolphins, and Adam Gase called a pass play. The Dolphins easily got through the offensive line, and pressured Darnold who made an ill-advised throw to the end zone where it was picked off. By now, Darnold should know to either throw the ball out the back of the end zone or just take the sack and so his continued inability to make smart decisions under duress - which, admittedly he is under a lot - is a huge concern as this season has been one of massive regression for him. He was sacked just three times Sunday, but the offensive line isn't giving him much help, and the playcalling is not putting him into positions to succeed.

2019 Week 8 vs JAX (21 / 30 / 218 / 2 / 3 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

This week wasn't awful, but only because last Monday against the Patriots set the bar low. It's hard to gain any real insight into Darnold's ability when he's under constant pressure, and the eight sacks, while a lot, could have been added to if not for the odd timely block or scramble by Darnold. The offensive line is awful, the playcalling is sub-par and doing him no favors, and both are contributing to his turnovers. By the same token, he needs to make better decisions. He forces a ball when he should take a sack or throw it away, holds the ball when he needs to get rid of it or run and generally has regressed rather majorly over the course of those season. Darnold does not look prepared to play since returning to active status, but that could be said of the entire team.

2019 Week 7 vs NE (11 / 32 / 86 / 0 / 4 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)

Every young quarterback has low points, but this was by far the lowest Sam Darnold has ever hit. His decision-making was awful, he consistently threw off his back foot, and he often seemed to have no idea what the defense was doing. His four interceptions were each exemplified by one or all of the problems listed above, two of them in the red zone. He added a fumble during the only time he was sacked. The Jets offensive line was equally putrid in pass blocking, and the Patriots' defense was exceptional, especially when the Jets showed empty backfield. He also had at least two balls dropped which should have been caught, one to Demaryius Thomas for what would have been a big first down in the first half. Darnold rarely got the ball out quickly and the Jets didn't seem to be able to give him quick plays to help with that. Overall, the entire offense was bad and Darnold has never looked this rattled, and while Bill Belichick is a whiz at making first and second year quarterbacks look confused, this was even worse than usual.

2019 Week 6 vs DAL (23 / 32 / 338 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 1 / 0 rush)

Whether head coach Adam Gase had been holding back or Sam Darnold is just a pure difference-maker, the reality was that the Jets looked like a decent offense for the first time this season against Dallas. Finally fully healthy after having Mono since Week 1, Darnold did a great job managing the football, knowing when to throw the ball and when to scramble, and finding his receivers. He did have one hiccup, a bad throw that wildly overshot Jamison Crowder for an interception, and gave the Cowboys life, but ultimately that was the only real problem on an otherwise great day. While many will point to his 92-yard touchdown throw to Robby Anderson as his best throw of the day -- and it was impressive as well as the longest touchdown pass of Darnold's career -- another one he made, which was called back on a flag in the second quarter with just under 10 minutes might actually have been better. On the play, Darnold dropped back and had plenty of time to scan the field. He turned left and looked off a defender covering Anderson, who was running a short slant. Meanwhile, Crowder ran a nice dig at the end of his route and the defender couldn't stop fast enough. Darnold easily lifted the ball over the defender covering Anderson to Crowder for what should have been a big gain. Despite the flag, the sequence was a great example of Darnolds patience and vision, as well as his ability to get touch on his passes. Another similar pass came with just 10 minutes left in the first quarter, one where Darnold showed even better accuracy when he hit Crowder in stride, over tight coverage. Back to the Anderson touchdown pass, with Darnold back, the Jets opened up the vertical game, with the second-year quarterback throwing a career-high seven passes of 15 or more yards per ESPN's Rich Cimini. If the protection can keep giving him that time, or he can buy it by scrambling, not only will the Jets be more effective passing the ball, but the run game should open up for Le'Veon ball too.

2019 Week 1 vs BUF (28 / 41 / 175 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

For all the talk of a dynamic offense and an improved Sam Darnold, Jets fans were treated with none of that in Week 1. Some of that was the very poor play of the offensive line, which left Darnold scrambling too often while under duress. It's worth noting that while the Bills defense was well-reagarded overall last season, they rarely got to the quarterback. So Darnold being hit nine times and sacked four times could be quite the indictment of this offensive line. That said, there were times Darnold just flat out missed throws. Twice it occurred late in the game when the Jets were trailing by one point with just under three minutes to go and both of those times were on deep routes by Robby Anderson where he was open. The first time, Darnold was extremely lucky the defender didn't hang onto the ball, as it was thrown very short on a 3rd and 1 attempt. The second time, just two plays later, was overthrown by a wide margin. There were flashes to get excited about, such as when he scrambled on a two-point conversion attempt before completing a pass to LeVeon Bell. Still, the bad outweighed the good for Darnold this weekend, and hopefully both the line and gameplan will improve soon.


Latest News

Jets | Sam Darnold accounts for two touchdowns (Sun Nov 10, 06:04 PM) - New York Jets QB Sam Darnold went 19-for-30 for 230 yards and one touchdown against the New York Giants in Week 10. He also rushed for 25 yards and one touchdown on three carries during the game.

Our View: Darnold started hot and didn't make any big mistakes, which was all the Jets needed to win this game with some help from Jamal Adams. Darnold could have a winning streak if he plays mistake-free football against Washington next week.
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Jets | Sam Darnold on track to play (Fri Nov 8, 05:28 PM) - New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (thumb) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 8, and is not on the injury report for Week 10.

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Jets | Week 10 injury report for NY Jets (Fri Nov 8, 04:25 PM) - New York Jets LB C.J. Mosley (groin) was held out of practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 10 against the New York Giants. C Ryan Kalil (knee) did not practice all week, while CB Darryl Roberts was unable to practice for the second straight day on Friday, Nov. 8; both players are listed as doubtful. LB Neville Hewitt (neck, knee) was limited in practice all week and is also listed as doubtful. RB Le'Veon Bell (knee, ankle), DL Henry Anderson (shoulder), OT Kelvin Beachum (ankle), TE Chris Herndon (hamstring), LB Jordan Jenkins (calf), DL Steve McLendon (neck), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) and OG Brian Winters (knee, shoulder) were limited in practice Friday and are listed as questionable. WR Braxton Berrios (thumb, knee), LB Brandon Copeland (thumb, knee), WR Jamison Crowder (knee), QB Sam Darnold (thumb), OT Chuma Edoga (hip, ankle), CB Nate Hairston (thumb, knee, neck), OG Alex Lewis (elbow, neck) and TE Ryan Griffin (ankle) were full participants in practice Friday and no longer appear on the injury report. CB Blessuan Austin (knee) was added to the injury report Friday but has also been cleared to play.

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Jets | Sam Darnold fully practices (Thu Nov 7, 07:28 PM) - New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (thumb) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 7.

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Jets | NY Jets' Thursday practice report (Thu Nov 7, 04:46 PM) - New York Jets C Ryan Kalil (knee), LB C.J. Mosley (groin) and CB Darryl Roberts did not practice Thursday, Nov. 7. RB Le'Veon Bell (knee, ankle), DL Henry Anderson (shoulder), OT Kelvin Beachum (ankle), TE Chris Herndon (hamstring), LB Neville Hewitt (neck, knee), LB Jordan Jenkins (calf), DL Steve McLendon (neck), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) and OG Brian Winters (knee, shoulder) were limited. WR Braxton Berrios (hamstring), LB Brandon Copeland (thumb, knee), WR Jamison Crowder (knee), QB Sam Darnold (thumb), OT Chuma Edoga (hip, ankle), CB Nate Hairston (thumb, knee, neck), OG Alex Lewis (elbow, neck) and TE Ryan Griffin (ankle) practiced in full.

Our View: Bell's MRI didn't show anything troubling and he's on track to play in a great matchup against the Giants this weekend.
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