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QB Sam Darnold - New York Jets

6-4, 225Born: 6-5-1997College: Southern CaliforniaDrafted: Round 1, pick 3

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Summary

Darnold impressed during rookie camp, OTAs and minicamps, but until we see him in a real game situation it's hard to buy all the way in. Remember, he's got problems with fumbles, and made too many questionable decisions last year. Couple that with a shaky offensive line and questionable options at wide receiver and any Jets quarterback is a shaky proposition. Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown have both been OK as well, and there is the good chance the team will wisely opt to red shirt Darnold this year, barring a magical preseason. They could drop him in the mix when the season is out of reach after Week 10 but that won't do you any good. That means that, despite a solid spring, he is a shaky option for any redraft rosters. And given the question marks around him and his expected growing pains, even if he steals the starting job, Darnold isn't worth a roster spot unless he's your emergency quarterback. (June 29)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 31, 28, 28, 30, 30, 31, 32, 32, 32, 32, 33, 33, 33, 33, 35, 35, 35
QB Dynasty - 23, 16, 16, 19, 21, 24, 26, 26, 26
Overall Rookie - 21, 11, 16, 16, 21, 22, 22, 22, 22, 23, 24, 30, 32, 33

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2018 PROJ-Dodds 10.0 175.0 294.0 * * * 24.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Henry 9.0 160.0 265.0 * * * 25.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Wood 11.0 206.0 350.0 * * * 35.0 * * *
2018 PROJ-Tremblay 6.4 120.0 202.0 * * * 18.0 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 233
QB: 31

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Latest News

Jets | Sam Darnold works with starters (Mon Aug 13, 03:13 PM) - New York Jets QB Sam Darnold received most of the snaps with the first-team offense during practice Monday, Aug. 13.

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Jets | Sam Darnold has finger wrapped (Mon Aug 13, 09:50 AM) - New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (finger) had his left ring finger wrapped Monday, Aug. 13, after his hand was stepped on in the first preseason game.

Our View: Darnold was able to play with this minor finger injury in his preseason debut. This is a minor issue and shouldn't keep him out of action.
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Jets | Sam Darnold moving up depth chart? (Sun Aug 12, 04:39 PM) - New York Jets QB Sam Darnold saw the 'vast majority' of reps in practice Sunday, Aug. 12, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Our View: Darnold was strong in the preseason opener and did nothing to dispel the notion that he should be the Week 1 starter for the Jets. That might hurt Robby Anderson, who had a great deep ball connection with Josh McCown.
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Jets | Sam Darnold finds the end zone (Fri Aug 10, 10:44 PM) - New York Jets QB Sam Darnold completed 13 of his 18 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown in a 17-0 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons Friday, Aug. 10.

Our View: Darnold looked fantastic in his pro debut. His performance is exactly what the Jets were looking for and it could prompt the team to deal Teddy Bridgewater. Darnold is the quarterback of the future and there's a chance he opens the regular season as the starter. If not, it should not take that long for the Jets to go to their 2018 first-round pick.
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2018 Schedule

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3@ Cleveland Browns
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