Sam Darnold is off to an impressive start this offseason. So much so that he could start in Year 1.
New York Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates hinted that Darnold could start in his rookie year if he continues to ascend upward and absorbs the playbook.
“Are we giving him bits and pieces of the offense or are we throwing everything at him? We’re throwing everything at him,” Bates said, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “If he can handle it, if he can prove that he’s the starter, then that will take place when the time comes.”
The USC product is competing with Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater for New York’s starting job. McCown is a bridge quarterback and Bridgewater, about two years removed from a career-threatening knee injury, is a wildcard on the depth chart.
All things considered, Darnold has a realistic shot at starting as a rookie.
Jets brass wants to be patient with the rookie quarterback. Yet, the team drafted him No. 3 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft with the expectation that he would one day soon take over the reigns as the starting quarterback in New York.
Darnold’s continued to progress since rookie minicamp on to minicamp. His pace is drawing appreciation of Jets coaches.
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