QB Sam Darnold - New York Jets

6-4, 225Born: 6-5-1997College: Southern CaliforniaDrafted: Round 1, pick 3 (2018)

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Lots of things went horribly awry for Sam Darnold during his second season. Some of them - like his mono or the injured shoulder he had surgically repaired in January - were outside of anyone's control. Others, such as the baffling choice to continually put Darnold in situations that didn't play to his strengths, fall in the laps of his coaching staff and Head Coach Adam Gase. Darnold will have to overcome all of that, but some things fall in his favor. The pitiful excuse for an offensive line from 2019 is gone, replaced by a much improved version for this year. The team lost Robby Anderson, but brought in Breshad Perriman and drafted Denzel Mims. Chris Herndon is healthy and Jamison Crowder enters his second season with Darnold. The team even added veteran Frank Gore to the backfield. Still, Gase looms large over the offense, and historically he holds an offense back, he doesn't push it forward. That leaves Darnold's development a massive question mark, and keeps us from recommending him as anything but a deep bench investment in any league format. (May 6)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Dynasty - 27, 21, 26, 28, 28, 31

Stats and Projections

2018 NYJ 13 239 414 2865 17 15 44 138 1 2
2019 NYJ 13 273 441 3024 19 13 33 62 2 3
2020 NYJ 6 112 191 * * * 18 * * *
2020 PROJ-Dodds 15.8 310.0 515.0 * * * 40.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Henry 15.0 324.0 520.0 * * * 47.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Wood 16.0 310.0 510.0 * * * 40.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Tremblay 15.0 298.0 482.0 * * * 32.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Consensus 15.4 313.1 511.1 * * * 41.3 * * *

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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.

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 213
QB: 30

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Latest News

Jets | Sam Darnold will not play (Sun Nov 22, 02:45 PM) - New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) has been declared inactive for the Week 11 game.

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Jets | Week 11 New York Jets inactives (Sun Nov 22, 02:36 PM) - The New York Jets have declared OT Cameron Clark, QB Sam Darnold, LB Blake Cashman, PK Sergio Castillo and QB James Morgan inactive for Week 11.

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Jets | Sam Darnold listed as doubtful (Fri Nov 20, 06:54 PM) - New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) did not participate in Friday, Nov. 20, and is listed as doubtful for Week 11.

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Jets | NY Jets' Week 11 injury report (Fri Nov 20, 05:19 PM) - New York Jets LB Blake Cashman (hamstrings) and QB Sam Darnold (shoulder) did not practice all week and are listed as doubtful for Week 11 versus the Los Angeles Chargers. PK Sam Ficken (groin) and CB Blessuan Austin (neck) were limited in practice Friday, Nov. 20, and are listed as questionable. DL Henry Anderson (knee, ankle), WR Breshad Perriman (shoulder), WR Vyncint Smith (groin), DL Quinnen Williams (hamstring), OT Mekhi Becton (chest), LB Patrick Onwuasor (hamstring) and RB Frank Gore (non-injury) practiced in full Friday and no longer appear on the injury report.

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Jets | NY Jets' Thursday practice report (Thu Nov 19, 06:19 PM) - New York Jets LB Blake Cashman (hamstrings), QB Sam Darnold (shoulder), CB Blessuan Austin (neck) and RB Frank Gore (non-injury) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 19. DL Henry Anderson (knee, ankle), WR Breshad Perriman (shoulder), WR Vyncint Smith (groin) and DL Quinnen Williams (hamstring) were limited. OT Mekhi Becton (chest), PK Sam Ficken (groin) and LB Patrick Onwuasor (hamstring) practiced in full.

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1@ Buffalo Bills
2vs San Francisco 49ers
3@ Indianapolis Colts
4vs Denver Broncos
5vs Arizona Cardinals
6@ Miami Dolphins
7vs Buffalo Bills
8@ Kansas City Chiefs
9vs New England Patriots
10--- BYE WEEK ---
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14@ Seattle Seahawks
15@ Los Angeles Rams
16vs Cleveland Browns
17@ New England Patriots