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August 12, 2020 10:04 AM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Stuck with questionable roster
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Darnold should have an improved offensive line in front of him this season, but the Jets' receiver group still appears shaky, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

The Jets appear to have turned over four of the five spots on their O-line, and while center Connor McGovern is the only one proven to be an above-average starter, the group should at least be less of a disaster than it was last year. On the other hand, it isn't clear if newcomer Breshad Perriman will be an upgrade or downgrade from Robby Anderson (now with the Panthers) out wide, nor is it clear that second-round pick Denzel Mims will be ready to contribute out of the gate. Darnold may once again find that slot receiver Jamison Crowder is his most reliable target, especially if tight end Chris Herndon doesn't rebound the way the Jets are hoping. All in all, it's one of the weaker rosters of skill players in the league, but there is at least reason to think Darnold can improve his own play in his age-23 season.

December 30, 2019 02:16 AM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Strong second half of second season
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Darnold completed 23 of 36 passes for 199 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 13-6 win over Buffalo. He also finished with minus-2 yards on three rushing attempts.

Darnold broke a 3-3 tie with a one-yard touchdown to Jamison Crowder early in the fourth quarter, bringing his season TD:INT to 19:13. The second-year quarterback also cleared the 3,000-yard mark, finishing with 3,024 passing yards despite missing three games due to mononucleosis. Darnold showed excellent progress in the second half of the season, leading the Jets to a 6-2 record down the stretch while compiling a 13:4 TD:INT over those final eight games. The third overall selection from the 2018 draft is locked in as the Jets' starting quarterback heading into next season, and his strong finish should give the team plenty of optimism.

December 22, 2019 11:44 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Early TD enough in low-scoring win
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Darnold completed 16 of 26 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 16-10 win over Pittsburgh. He added three yards on four carries and committed three fumbles, losing one.

Darnold capped the opening drive with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson, but the second-year quarterback went quiet after that in what turned into a defensive battle. His lost fumble in the final minute of the first half was a costly one, as Pittsburgh turned it into a touchdown three plays later. Darnold has compiled an 18:12 TD:INT in 12 games played heading into the Week 17 season finale in Buffalo.

December 13, 2019 12:56 AM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Pair of TDs in defeat
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Darnold completed 18 of 32 passes for 218 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Jets' 42-21 loss to the Ravens on Thursday. He also rushed once for 11 yards and lost a fumble.

Darnold put together a serviceable fantasy night while playing under less-than-ideal circumstances against an aggressive Ravens defense. The second-year quarterback's two turnovers certainly didn't help the Jets' cause in a game in which they already faced long odds, but from a fantasy perspective, Darnold's fourth multi-touchdown effort over the last five games certainly had to please managers who rostered him in their playoff contests. Darnold will look to continue putting together a strong finish to his sophomore campaign in a Week 16 battle against the Steelers a week from Sunday.

December 8, 2019 08:08 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Does just enough to beat Miami
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Darnold completed 20 of 36 passes for 270 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 22-21 win over Miami. He added three carries for three yards.

Darnold threw a 26-yard touchdown to Robby Anderson and a 14-yarder to Demaryius Thomas, both in the second quarter. He also drove the offense down the field for a game-winning field goal as time expired, taking over down 21-19 with 1:33 to go. The second-year quarterback has compiled an 8:2 TD:INT against subpar competition over the past four weeks, but the opponent difficulty will rise dramatically in Week 15, as the Jets have a quick turnaround Thursday in Baltimore.

December 5, 2019 11:36 AM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Practices fully
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Darnold (knee/thumb) practiced fully Wednesday.

Darnold is a little banged up in advance of Sunday's game against the 3-9 Dolphins, but his full practice participation Wednesday signals that his Week 14 status isn't in doubt. The quarterback -- who had built up some positive momentum in Weeks 11 and 12 -- will thus look to bounce back from his 239-yard, zero-touchdown effort in last weekend's 22-6 loss to the previously winless Bengals,

December 2, 2019 02:32 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Dealing with pair of injuries
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Darnold emerged from Sunday's 22-6 loss at Cincinnati with a knee injury and bruised ribs, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Darnold incurred four sacks and nine quarterback hits en route to 28-for-48 passing, 239 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. Near the end of the contest, he was seen with a visible limp, which he chalked up as a foot injury, per Olivia Landis of the Jets' official site. Coach Adam Gase clarified Darnold's health concerns Monday but also stated he expects the second-year signal-caller to be "fine." Wednesday's injury report will reveal how much Darnold was able to practice to kick off Week 14 prep.

December 1, 2019 06:20 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Momentum stunted in loss
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Darnold completed 28 of 48 passes for 239 yards without a touchdown or turnover in Sunday's 22-6 loss to Cincinnati. He added nine yards on two rushing attempts.

Darnold played better than his numbers showed, but the Jets were plagued by key drops throughout this one, including one by Robby Anderson in the end zone. Nonetheless, this is a major letdown for the second-year quarterback after he had built up momentum with a 6:1 TD:INT and a rushing touchdown over the previous two games. Darnold was limping late in the game but said his foot got stepped on and that he'll be fine moving forward. Given his recent ups and downs, Darnold will be a low-floor, high-ceiling option when the Dolphins come to town Week 14.

November 24, 2019 06:40 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Back-to-back stellar showings
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Darnold completed 20 of 29 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 34-3 win over the Raiders. He also rushed four times for 16 yards and a touchdown.

For the second time in three games, Darnold kept the ball on an option play near the goal line for a rushing score, with this one coming from four yards out in the second quarter. His first pass of the second half went 69 yards to Braxton Berrios, and Darnold tossed a one-yard touchdown to Ryan Griffin on the next play before adding another one-yard touchdown to Robby Anderson to cap the following drive. With 608 yards and a 6:1 TD:INT through the air plus a rushing score in the past two weeks, Darnold has worked his way onto the Week 13 QB1 radar given his juicy matchup against the 0-11 Bengals.

November 17, 2019 11:56 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Throws four touchdowns
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Darnold completed 19 of 30 passes for 293 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in Week 11 against the Redskins.

Darnold worked very efficiently, needing only 30 pass attempts to post his highest-yardage total since Week 6. He also hit on four touchdowns from 20, six, 16 and 19 yards to post a single-game, career-best mark. Though positive matchups may explain much of his production, Darnold has now completed 65 of 99 attempts for 783 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions across his last three contests. He'll look to keep things going with another exploitable opponent as the Jets take on Oakland in Week 12.

November 11, 2019 09:44 AM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Turnover-free in win
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Darnold completed 19 of 30 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown while adding 25 yards and another score on three rushing attempts in Sunday's 34-27 win over the Giants.

Darnold opened the scoring with a two-yard rushing touchdown, keeping the ball on an option play as the Jets unveiled a previously unused wrinkle to their offense. The second-year quarterback isn't much of a factor on the ground, but he could boost his fantasy value by calling his own number more often near the goal line, as this was only Darnold's second career rushing score. He added a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder later in the first quarter. Most importantly, Darnold finished without a turnover. With this much-needed clean performance under his belt following an eight-interception three-game stretch, Darnold's confidence should be climbing ahead of a Week 11 clash with Washington.

November 3, 2019 11:00 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Struggles continue in Miami
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Darnold completed 27 of 39 passes for 260 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 26-18 loss to the Dolphins. He added one yard on two rushing attempts.

Darnold came out of the gate hot and then fizzled out for a second straight week. He capped the opening drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder and appeared to throw a two-yard touchdown to tight end Ryan Griffin late in the first half, but the play was controversially taken off the board on replay, and Darnold was picked off on the ensuing play. Darnold has been part of the problem in New York's 1-7 start, and his carelessness in the red zone has been particularly worrisome. However, you can't pin all of this team's struggles on the second-year quarterback, considering the offensive line is constantly allowing free rushers into the backfield. The bottom line from a fantasy perspective is that Darnold has a dreadful 3:8 touchdown to interception ratio over his last three games.

November 1, 2019 08:12 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Cleared to play
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Darnold (thumb) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Miami, Rich Cimini of reports.

Darnold was a full practice participant from Wednesday through Friday, paving the way for him to play in an optimal matchup this weekend against the winless Dolphins. Coach Adam Gase mentioned that this thumb injury could bother Darnold for the rest of the year, but a sprain on his non-throwing hand won't keep the quarterback out of action.

October 30, 2019 11:24 AM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Not limited by thumb injury
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Darnold (left thumb) will be a full practice participant Wednesday, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

Darnold sprained the thumb on his non-throwing hand during Sunday's 29-15 loss to Jacksonville, but he never left the game and isn't expected to miss time going forward. However, coach Adam Gase acknowledged Monday that the injury may bother Darnold for the rest of the season.

October 28, 2019 02:28 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Sprains thumb Sunday
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Darnold sprained his left thumb during Sunday's 29-15 loss at Jacksonville, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports. "This is one of those things that's going to bother him all year, but he's going to play through this," coach Adam Gase said.

Since missing three games due to mononucleosis, Darnold has been all over the place, production-wise, going for 338, 86 and 218 passing yards the past three contests. Fueled by a four-interception performance Week 7 against the Pats, he has a 4:8 TD:INT during that stretch. In the midst of Sunday's game, he was seen with his left thumb wrapped, which since has been diagnosed as a sprain. While the injury may impact his practice reps, Darnold will continue to be under center for the Jets, if Gase's comments are to be believed.

October 27, 2019 07:04 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Picked off three times in loss
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Darnold completed 21 of 30 passes for 218 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in Sunday's 29-15 loss to the Jaguars. He also threw a two-point conversion and lost a yard on his lone rushing attempt.

Darnold's first two drives were a mixed bag, as he opened with a 24-yard touchdown to Ryan Griffin but was intercepted on the next possession. He found Griffin again for a three-yard score early in the fourth, adding a two-point conversion to the tight end to bring his team back within a touchdown, but Darnold proceeded to throw interceptions on New York's next two possessions. This wasn't a pretty effort, but in fairness to Darnold, his offensive line was manhandled by Jacksonville's superb defensive line. The second-year quarterback was sacked eight times and could never get comfortable in the pocket, plus he sprained his thumb early in the game. After throwing seven interceptions in his last two games, a Week 9 matchup with the Dolphins could be just what the doctor ordered for Darnold.

October 24, 2019 05:40 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Logs full practice
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Darnold (toe) practiced fully Thursday.

Per Rich Cimini of, Darnold relayed that he's feeling fine after having a toenail on his left foot removed earlier in the week and his return to a full practice session Thursday removes any doubt about the QB's Week 8 availability. Darnold will now look to engineer a bounce-back effort Sunday against the Jaguars, after a horrid performance in this past Monday's 33-0 loss to the Patriots.

October 25, 2019 12:24 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Downplays toenail issue
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Darnold said after Thursday's practice that he's feeling fine after having a toenail on his left foot removed earlier in the week and indicated he's in no danger of missing Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Rich Cimini of reports.

Though Darnold said he experienced no restrictions as a result of the toenail, he's still expected to be listed as a limited participant on Thursday's practice report. Darnold should step up his activity at Friday's session, firmly erasing any concern about his Week 8 availability in the process.

October 24, 2019 11:20 AM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Limited Thursday
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Darnold (toe) will be a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Rich Cimini of reports.

Darnold was able to participate in individual drills Wednesday, despite officially being listed as a non-participant on the injury report. The quarterback is clearly hampered by having a toenail removed after Monday's blowout loss to the Patriots, but it would still be fairly surprising at this point if Darnold was forced to miss any game action because of it.

October 24, 2019 12:20 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Listed as non-participant
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Darnold (toe) was listed as a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Coach Adam Gase previously noted that Darnold would participate in individual and 7-on-7 drills Wednesday, but the QB evidently was held out of team drills and thus given the 'DNP' designation. Per Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site, the QB had a toenail removed after Monday's 33-0 loss to the Patriots, but he should be fine for this weekend's tilt against the Jaguars. Darnold's Week 7 effort was highly forgettable to say the least, so he'll now look to recover from his toe issue in short order and continue to focus on righting his mechanics in advance of Sunday's tilt.

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