QB Sam Darnold - New York Jets

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 14): Darnold immediately came alive upon his return from mono, and activated the deep passing game that was missing in his debut with Adam Gase. Next week brings the Patriots, but after that he faces Jacksonville, Miami, the Giants, Washington, Oakland, Cincinnati, Miami again, and Baltimore through Week 15. He's a viable QB1 in the second half of the season.

Week 7: vs New England Patriots

All QB vs NE

FBG says: Bad matchup. Sam Darnold is back under center for the Jets after a nasty battle with mononucleosis. And while he's yet to look like an NFL savior, it can't be overstated what an upgrade he brings over replacement-level fill-in Luke Falk. In last week's upset of the Cowboys, Darnold completed 72% of his throws and produced 338 yards, with a pair of touchdowns. The 22-year-old is still working out the kinks in his game, but offers a live arm and the playmaking mentality to push the ball downfield. Speedster Robby Anderson finally found some breathing room and opportunity Sunday en route to 125 yards and his first score of 2019. The touchdown, a perfect 92-yard go route down the middle, nearly matched his 3-game total with Falk. Over his last 6 games with Darnold, dating back to last season, Anderson has averaged a prolific 7 receptions for 81 yards. Darnold has also become fast friends with savvy slot man Jamison Crowder - they've hooked up 20 times in these 2 games together. Demaryius Thomas has settled in as the clear No. 3 option. He looked spry Sunday, catching 4 passes in his first game with Darnold, including an impressive 33-yarder that beat Pro Bowl cornerback Byron Jones. The team would love to see some splash plays from Le'Veon Bell, who's averaging just 6.0 yards per reception; his longest catch of the year has gone for 17. In a daunting matchup with the Patriots, this attack will go only as far as Anderson's speed, Crowder's creativity, and Darnold's accuracy will take it. Simply put, the Patriots have spent their first six games producing the most dominant pass-defense numbers of recent memory. Leading the league with a bullet in yardage and touchdowns per attempt, they haven't allowed more than 161 yards in a game since Week 1, and they've intercepted a pass in every one thus far. Stephon Gilmore remains arguably the league's most smothering cornerback, while both McCourty brothers are posting career-best seasons in support. Their jobs are made easier by a pass rush that swarms from all angles. Rookie edge man Chase Winovich has been a revelation with 4.0 sacks thus far, and the linebackers, led by Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins, have kick-started a suddenly-dominant group. Still, while the whole unit is both talented and deep, it's worth noting the improbably poor level of competition it's faced. Over the last five weeks they've faced Ryan Fitzpatrick, Luke Falk, Josh Allen, Colt McCoy, and Daniel Jones. For all his 22-year-old warts, Sam Darnold rises well above that list and comes fresh off a huge performance against the Cowboys. If nothing else, this will serve as the Patriots' first real test since Opening Day.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at NE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 at PHI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 vs DAL 62 23 32 338 2 1 5 1 0 0 24
7 vs NE PROJ-Dodds * 21 34 * * * 2 * * * *
7 vs NE PROJ-Tremblay * 21 33 * * * 1 * * * *
7 vs NE PROJ-Bloom * 21 36 * * * 1 * * * *

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.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 6 vs DAL (23 / 32 / 338 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 1 / 0 rush)

Whether head coach Adam Gase had been holding back or Sam Darnold is just a pure difference-maker, the reality was that the Jets looked like a decent offense for the first time this season against Dallas. Finally fully healthy after having Mono since Week 1, Darnold did a great job managing the football, knowing when to throw the ball and when to scramble, and finding his receivers. He did have one hiccup, a bad throw that wildly overshot Jamison Crowder for an interception, and gave the Cowboys life, but ultimately that was the only real problem on an otherwise great day. While many will point to his 92-yard touchdown throw to Robby Anderson as his best throw of the day -- and it was impressive as well as the longest touchdown pass of Darnold's career -- another one he made, which was called back on a flag in the second quarter with just under 10 minutes might actually have been better. On the play, Darnold dropped back and had plenty of time to scan the field. He turned left and looked off a defender covering Anderson, who was running a short slant. Meanwhile, Crowder ran a nice dig at the end of his route and the defender couldn't stop fast enough. Darnold easily lifted the ball over the defender covering Anderson to Crowder for what should have been a big gain. Despite the flag, the sequence was a great example of Darnolds patience and vision, as well as his ability to get touch on his passes. Another similar pass came with just 10 minutes left in the first quarter, one where Darnold showed even better accuracy when he hit Crowder in stride, over tight coverage. Back to the Anderson touchdown pass, with Darnold back, the Jets opened up the vertical game, with the second-year quarterback throwing a career-high seven passes of 15 or more yards per ESPN's Rich Cimini. If the protection can keep giving him that time, or he can buy it by scrambling, not only will the Jets be more effective passing the ball, but the run game should open up for Le'Veon ball too.

2019 Week 1 vs BUF (28 / 41 / 175 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

For all the talk of a dynamic offense and an improved Sam Darnold, Jets fans were treated with none of that in Week 1. Some of that was the very poor play of the offensive line, which left Darnold scrambling too often while under duress. It's worth noting that while the Bills defense was well-reagarded overall last season, they rarely got to the quarterback. So Darnold being hit nine times and sacked four times could be quite the indictment of this offensive line. That said, there were times Darnold just flat out missed throws. Twice it occurred late in the game when the Jets were trailing by one point with just under three minutes to go and both of those times were on deep routes by Robby Anderson where he was open. The first time, Darnold was extremely lucky the defender didn't hang onto the ball, as it was thrown very short on a 3rd and 1 attempt. The second time, just two plays later, was overthrown by a wide margin. There were flashes to get excited about, such as when he scrambled on a two-point conversion attempt before completing a pass to LeVeon Bell. Still, the bad outweighed the good for Darnold this weekend, and hopefully both the line and gameplan will improve soon.


Latest News

Jets | Sam Darnold throws for 338 yards in return (Sun Oct 13, 09:14 PM) - New York Jets QB Sam Darnold completed 23-of-32 passes for 338 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in his return in Week 6 against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Jets | Sam Darnold to wear extra protection (Fri Oct 11, 02:43 PM) - New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (illness) will wear extra padding in Week 6 on Sunday, Oct. 13, to protect his spleen as he returns from a bout with mononucleosis.

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Jets | Sam Darnold will return (Tue Oct 8, 12:24 PM) - New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (illness) will return to start in Week 6 against the Dallas Cowboys.

Our View: Good news for the Jets offense here. Darnold's return helps guys like Robby Anderson and Jamison Crowder. Add in the potential return of TE Chris Herndon this week, RB Le'Veon Bell (of course) and you can see a more exciting Jets passing game on the horizon.
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Jets | Sam Darnold to undergo tests Tuesday (Mon Oct 7, 05:55 PM) - New York Jets QB Sam Darnold (illness) is scheduled to undergo tests Tuesday, Oct. 8, to see if he will be cleared to play in Week 6.

Our View: The Jets offense hasn't been the same without their franchise quarterback. He should return to the lineup soon. Head coach Adam Gase said Darnold will start if he is cleared.
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Jets | Week 5 New York Jets inactives (Sun Oct 6, 11:37 AM) - The New York Jets have declared QB Sam Darnold, OT Conor McDermott, OT Brandon Shell, LB Jordan Jenkins, DT Folorunso Fatukasi, OG Kelechi Osemele and LB C.J. Mosley inactive for Week 5.

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