Sam Darnold
Sam Darnold
21-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
New York Jets
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year contract with the Jets worth $30.2 million in July of 2018.
Key interceptions in loss
QBNew York Jets
September 20, 2018
Darnold completed 15 of 31 passes for 169 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in Thursday's 21-17 loss to the Browns.
ANALYSIS
Darnold faced consistent pressure from an aggressive Browns front, but he also extinguished any hopes of a victory when his pass attempt to Robby Anderson was intercepted at the Cleveland 34-yard line with 15 seconds remaining. The rookie had short-circuited the previous possession with a pick as well, as Joe Schobert snagged a throw intended for Jermaine Kearse at the Jets' 43 with 1:27 left. Darnold did show encouraging rapport with Quincy Enunwa and Kearse in particular, and he was able to avoid a blanking for Terrelle Pryor by connecting with him for 25 yards to open the final series. The 2018 first-round pick will try to bounce back from his pair of costly miscues against the Jaguars in Week 4.
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Depth Chart Status
Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    188
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
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Measurables Overview

(Compared to other QBs)

Height:   6' 3"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   225 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.85 sec
WEAK
Shuttle Time:   4.40 sec
WEAK
Cone Drill:   6.96 sec
GOOD
Arm Length:   31.00 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.38 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   27 in
POOR
Broad Jump:   105 in
WEAK
Bench Press:   0 reps
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New York Jets Team Injury Report
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More Fantasy News
Missed opportunities abound in eight-point loss
QBNew York Jets
September 16, 2018
Darnold completed 25 of 41 passes for 334 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday's 20-12 loss to Miami. He also gained one yard on two rushing attempts.
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Looks good in debut
QBNew York Jets
September 10, 2018
Darnold completed 16 of 21 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Monday night's 48-17 win over the Lions.
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Officially named starter
QBNew York Jets
September 3, 2018
Darnold will open the season as the Jets' starting QB.
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All but assured of Week 1 start
QBNew York Jets
August 31, 2018
Coach Todd Bowles hasn't officially named a starter, but ESPN.com's Rich Cimini has no doubt Darnold will get the nod Week 1 in Detroit.
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Likely Week 1 starter
QBNew York Jets
August 29, 2018
Darnold appears poised to open the upcoming season as the Jets' starting quarterback, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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