Because most rookies don’t get enough credit, we’ll be highlighting some top performances by the NFL’s next generation.
Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets
One of the most highly-coveted QB prospects in last year’s draft, Sam Darnold from USC was very high on everyone’s draft board, ours included. Truth be told though, I wasn’t a big fan of the Jets rushing forward with Darnold earlier this year, when they had a franchise QB in Tedy Bridgewater on the roster, and above him on the depth chart. But New York traded Bridgewater to New Orleans, and thus far, it looks like they might have made a solid decision. The Jets have won two in a row to move to 3-3 and might just be in the mix for a wild card slot if they can string together some wins. In Sunday’s game with the Colts, Darnold connected on 80% of his passes, throwing for 280 yards, two TDs, and an interception. One place where Darnold can improve is in the red zone, where he’s struggled to finish drives, converting only one trip inside the twenty into a touchdown last Sunday. But winning cures all ills, and Jets kicker Jason Myers set a franchise record, connecting on seven field goal attempts to lift the Jets over Indianapolis. You’ve got to give Darnold some credit for moving the ball well enough to give his team the chance to score that frequently. Only time will tell if he’ll turn into the quarterback of the future for long-suffering Jets fans.
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