QB Sam Darnold - New York Jets

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

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Summary

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 - 28, 21, 22, 22, 27, 27, 27, 27, 27, 27, 27, 28, 28, 28, 28, 28
QB Dynasty - 19, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
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 PROJ-Dodds 15.8 311.0 515.0 * * * 40.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Henry 15.0 323.0 520.0 * * * 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: 183
QB: 29

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4vs Denver Broncos
5vs Arizona Cardinals
6@ Los Angeles Chargers
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