QB Sam Darnold - New York Jets
|6-4, 225||Born: 6-5-1997||College: Southern California||Drafted: Round 1, pick|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): Darnold's play is improving, although his schedule makes it tough to hold him now as more than an emergency play with the Vikings, Bears, Dolphins, and Bills up in the next four weeks. He also lost Quincy Enunwa, although the Jets depth at wide receiver shined in his absence in the win over the Colts.
Week 7: vs Minnesota Vikings
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Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Sam Darnold's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 6 vs IND (24 / 30 / 280 / 2 / 1 pass, 6 / 8 / 0 rush)
In what was far and away his best outing, rookie Sam Darnold 80 percent of his passes for an average of 11.6 yards per completion, both season highs. After a brutal early interception where Darnold stared down his receiver and threw off his back foot, the former USC quarterback had a nearly flawless day. Darnold made a lot of plays with his feet, buying time outside the pocket and patiently waiting for a receiver to get open, looking to throw rather than run. He also threw some pinpoint accurate passes, like his first touchdown pass late in the second quarter, a 7-yard throw to Terrelle Pryor. On the play, Pryor ran a short route into the end zone and turned around. He was bracketed by a pair of defenders, but Darnold didn't hesitate, fitting the ball between them and right to Pryor. Another promising improvement for Darnold is his improved accuracy on easy throws. Early on this season there were times when Darnold would miss an open target but the last two weeks he has made the easy throws as well as the tough ones. His toss to tight end Chris Herndon in the third quarter, a 32-yard catch and run off a nice play-action fake, was a simple throw to a wide-open target and Darnold made it look as easy as it was.
2018 Week 5 vs DEN (10 / 22 / 198 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)
The Jets rookie quarterback had what was easily his best day against a Denver Broncos defense which struggled in the secondary and couldn't get past an inspired line save for one sack and a total of three quarterback hits. Darnold also benefited from a great run game, which made sure the defense couldn't afford to focus on just making Darnold a tackling dummy. Darnold's yards per completion jumped up to 19.8, helped by three touchdown passes 20-yards or longer. The first was a 76-yard score by Robby Anderson, which Darnold dropped perfectly in front of the receiver, who didn't have to break stride on his way to the end zone. The second was an absolute dime to Anderson again for a 35-yard score, which Darnold threw over a defender and in perfect placement for the well-covered receiver in the end zone. The final one, a 20-yard pass to Terrelle Pryor, was a little long but Pryor bailed Darnold out a bit with a dynamic one-handed grab. While Darnold's completion percentage is still slumping, his overall ball placement and throws, especially once he got going, showed improvement, and while one game does not a career make, this was a step in the right direction.
2018 Week 4 vs JAX (17 / 34 / 167 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
To the surprise of no one who has watched the Jaguars defense this year, the Jets rookie's struggles continued this weekend. While his footwork looked good and his short accuracy was once again solid, he struggled on deeper balls and in the second half he tried to thread the needle a few too many times, taking chances which he was lucky didn't turn out disastrous. It could be he's starting to feel pressure to carry the offense, and so he's making some desperate -- but unwise -- passes. That's a concern though, because he missed a few throws high and had an interception on a throw he sailed over Bilal Powell's head called back due to a defensive holding. That was one of three throws in the second half that should have been interceptions, the other two being drops by Jacksonville. He did make a great throw to Jermaine Kearse on a third-and-nine in the third quarter which set the Jets up on a first and goal. On the play Kearse was covered but there was just enough room along the sideline for Darnold to fit the ball in. Kearse then did a great job of keeping his feet in bounds for the catch. Still, the high and wide throws were a concern, and he even managed to miss Quincy Enunwa on a key fourth-and-one late in the first half. While the drive still might not have resulted in a touchdown, it would have extended the drive, salvaged some momentum while the game was 13-0 and kept the Jaguars from scoring quickly in the other direction to make it 16-0. Darnold is a rookie and we are seeing rookie mistakes and growing pains, along with the result of bad offensive line play and a super-conservative game plan as well.
2018 Week 3 vs CLE (15 / 31 / 169 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Much like the rest of the New York Jets, Sam Darnold played two very different halves of football. While not Hall of Fame worthy, his first half was relatively mistake free. The Jets did much of their damage on the ground, but Darnold kept the Browns defense honest. In the second half, Darnold largely fell apart. While one of his two interceptions -- the one which clinched the Browns win -- might have been prevented by Robby Anderson doing more to disrupt the pass, it was still underthrown. His second interception was all on him, however. Darnold rushed the play to avoid a review of the previous first down, and the Browns brought heavy pressure. Darnold failed to see two important things. First, he had a receiver open for a short gain (the only type the Jets seem willing to design for - more on that shortly) and the fact that Jermaine Kearse was bracketed in coverage. Darnold was forced to hold the ball an extra second due to his guard being driven back into his face, but seemed to throw blindly. The Jets have refused to take the training wheels off of Darnold, and the impact is a stale, predictable offense. While Darnold's mistakes hurt the Jets, he will never grow past them if OC Jeremy doesn't let him loose a little. Baker Mayfield came in cold and took chances, and it worked out. At some point the Jets should give Darnold the same chance, but it's hard to see when that will be.
2018 Week 2 vs MIA (25 / 41 / 334 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
While Sam Darnold had a rough overall game, where he at times looked like the rookie he is, he still showed a lot of ability and toughness. Probably his worst throw came early, when he was baited by TJ McDonald and passed the ball right at the veteran. McDonald appeared to be shading to the middle of the field, but once he saw Darnold look away, he stepped into the passing lane and cut off a pass aimed for the slanting Quincy Enunwa. As is Darnold's habit though, he rebounded and played well most of the rest of the game. He did throw a second interception, but that one very much appeared to be the fault of his receiver Terrelle Pryor. Darnold was looking for Pryor on a slant but the receiver either didn't fully commit to the route or got so caught up in handfighting that he lost track of the ball. The pass was where it should have been, but Pryor wasn't. Darnold did find running back Bilal Powell on a nice intermediate route down the middle which Powell took for a score. Overall, Darnold made mostly good decisions and continues to show some improvement. He didn't get much help from his receivers, who several times dropped wide open passes, but once that stops happening, his production should go up.
2018 Week 1 vs DET (16 / 21 / 198 / 2 / 1 pass, 6 / -1 / 0 rush)
Things couldn't have gotten off to a worse start for the rookie quarterback Monday night, as his very first throw was picked off and returned for a touchdown. It was a questionable play call which saw Darnold rolling out to his right and then throwing across both his body and the entire field into what should have been an obvious safety. The Jets did a poor job of setting their quarterback up for success on that first play, and Darnold did a poor job of recognizing the play was going poorly and adjusting. In some ways, though, it seemed to take the pressure off Darnold, who came back and played, if not flawlessly, well enough for both the Jets and their fans to be happy. Darnold showed a lot of his good aspects -- resiliency, mobility, an ability to read defenses and adjust -- throughout the game. He also showed some flaws, whether it was underthrowing receivers or missing open routes. His 41-yard touchdown throw to Robby Anderson showed both the bad and the good. On the plus side, he correctly baited the safety into stepping forward, costing the player time, which allowed Anderson to gain a few steps on him as the receiver ran his route downfield. On the negative side, the ball was underthrown, and required Anderson to leap up and fight the defender for the ball. The good far outweighed the bad for Darnold though, and he showed tremendous poise and tenacity in overcoming early miscues to execute the offense.
Latest NewsJets | Sam Darnold efficient in win (Sun Oct 14, 09:26 PM) - New York Jets QB Sam Darnold completed 24 of his 30 passes for 280 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 42-34 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 6. link to story Jets | Sam Darnold has odd stat line in win (Sun Oct 7, 07:33 PM) - New York Jets QB Sam Darnold completed 10-of-22 passes for 198 yards, three touchdowns and one interception in the Week 5 win against the Denver Broncos. Our View: Darnold hit Robby Anderson twice on deep balls and created a solid fantasy day despite only 22 attempts. He's still only a bottom of the barrel streamer, but he can create high ceiling possibilities for his receivers next week against the Colts.
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