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 Redraft - 35, 35
QB Dynasty - 21, 18, 23, 25, 27

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 12 217 364 * * * 37 * * *
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 | Coach optimistic about Sam Darnold (Sun Jan 17, 12:51 PM) - New York Jets QB Sam Darnold's status with the team is uncertain, but head coach Robert Saleh believes Darnold has some untapped potential after watching tape on him.

Our View: Darnold did not play up to expectations under former head coach Adam Gase. It appears like he's going to get a chance to turn things around this year under the Jets new regime.
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Jets | Sam Darnold likely to return (Fri Jan 15, 02:11 AM) - New York Jets QB Sam Darnold is likely to be the team's starting quarterback next season, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, who said he would be 'surprised' if Darnold was not the team's Week 1 starter.

Our View: The Jets have the no.2 overall pick so they can get some much-needed help on the offensive line with Oregon OT Penei Sewell. Better protection for Darnold and a better direction under new head coach Robert Saleh should lead to better numbers from the passing game.
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Jets | Sam Darnold could still be QB1 in 2021 (Mon Jan 11, 01:36 AM) - New York Jets QB Sam Darnold is viewed internally as 'good enough to build around,' in the opinion of ESPN's Todd McShay, who said that GM Joe Douglas is unlikely to draft a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft.

Our View: According to PFF, Darnold faced the highest pressure rate of any quarterback in the NFL this season. It would be interesting to see what Darnold would look like under a new head coach and with better protection around him. It might be too early to give up on the former top-5 pick.
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2020 Schedule

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
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11@ Los Angeles Chargers
12vs Miami Dolphins
13vs Las Vegas Raiders
14@ Seattle Seahawks
15@ Los Angeles Rams
16vs Cleveland Browns
17@ New England Patriots