Sam Darnold
Sam Darnold
22-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
New York Jets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Picked third overall in last year's draft, Darnold walked into an ugly situation with the Jets and created legitimate cause for optimism by year's end. His final stat line was not much to look at, and he only won four of his 13 starts, but a strong connection with deep-threat Robby Anderson sparked an impressive three-week stretch in December. The Jets also got a surprisingly effective season from rookie tight end Chris Herndon, then in the offseason spent big money on running back Le'Veon Bell and slot receiver Jamison Crowder. With Anderson and Quincy Enunwa also returning, Darnold has a much better situation for his second NFL campaign. The offensive line is somewhat less encouraging, but a trade for guard Kelechi Osemele at least provides hope for modest improvement. Better blocking would go a long way, considering Darnold lived up to his aggressive reputation by ranking 11th in average depth of target (9.0) as a rookie. He's no dink-and-dunk game manager, but while he has the ability to move around and throw his receivers open, Darnold doesn't possess the type of elusiveness that would allow him to thrive as a downfield passer behind a shaky line. Of course, he may be forced into safe, high-percentage throws under new coach Adam Gase, who favored the short passing game in Miami. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $30.25 million contract with the Jets in July of 2018.
Looks sharp in return
QBNew York Jets
October 14, 2019
Darnold completed 23 of 32 passes for 338 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 24-22 win over the Cowboys.
ANALYSIS
Darnold added five carries for one yard, including three kneel-downs at the end of the game. His return from a three-game absence proved crucial for Robby Anderson, who had season highs for targets (eight), catches (five) and yards (125), with his first TD of the year coming from 92 yards out -- the longest pass play in the NFL in 2019. Jamison Crowder also had a big day, catching six of nine targets for 98 yards. Darnold gets a bigger challenge Week 7, with the Jets playing host to the Patriots in the Monday night game.
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How do Sam Darnold's 2019 advanced stats compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Bad Pass %
    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.
  • Avg Target Depth
    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
  • Sack Rate
    The percentage of dropbacks where the quartback was sacked. The longer the bar below, the more often they are sacked relative to other QBs.
  • Avg Receiver YAC
    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
Bad Pass %
19.0%
 
Avg Target Depth
6.4 Yds
 
Sack Rate
12.5%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
4.1 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
2.4%
 
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Sunday, Oct 13th at 4:25PM
Overall QB Rating Against
84.0
 
Cornerbacks
68.5
 
Safeties
84.4
 
Linebackers
112.7
 
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2019 Sam Darnold Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Sam Darnold's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
225 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.85 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.40 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.96 sec
 
Vertical Jump
26.5 in
 
Broad Jump
105 in
 
Hand Length
9.38 in
 
Arm Length
31.00 in
 
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Darnold was viewed as a candidate for the No. 1 overall selection in April's draft, but when he fell to the third spot, the Jets were happy to scoop him up with the hope that he might emerge as a franchise savior. Though the Jets re-signed their primary starter from 2017 (Josh McCown) and brought in another accomplished signal-caller in free agency in Teddy Bridgewater, Darnold was given the opportunity to compete for the top job in training camp and quickly made a positive impression in practices and exhibition play. The Jets have yet to officially announce their plans for Week 1, but the team's decision to trade Bridgewater to the Saints on Aug. 29 likely opens the door for Darnold to begin the season as the team's starter. At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Darnold brings ideal size to the position along with a strong arm and good mobility. He can improvise to extend plays and throw accurately on the run, but the knock on him is two-fold: his windup delivery and ball security. Some scouts believe Darnold probably has enough velocity to overcome the extra release time caused by the delivery, but he'll need to improve his decision making to address the latter concern. During his final year at USC, Darnold was responsible for 22 turnovers, including nine lost fumbles.
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Cleared to start Week 6
QBNew York Jets
October 8, 2019
Darnold (illness) has received full medical clearance to resume playing and will start Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Eric Allen of the Jets' official site reports.
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Undergoing testing Tuesday
QBNew York Jets
Illness
October 7, 2019
Darnold (illness) will undergo testing Tuesday to help determine his status for Week 6, Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.
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Will not return this week
QBNew York Jets
Illness
October 4, 2019
Darnold (illness) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
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Still limited, tests coming Friday
QBNew York Jets
Illness
October 3, 2019
Darnold (illness) remained limited at practice Thursday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
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Logs limited practice
QBNew York Jets
Illness
October 2, 2019
Darnold (illness) was officially listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday.
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