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.
Primed for extended snaps
QBNew York Jets
August 20, 2019
Coach Adam Gase said Darnold and other starters will play into the third quarter during Saturday's preseason game against New Orleans, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
That doesn't include Le'Veon Bell, who was held out for the first two weeks and isn't likely to see more than a few snaps, if any, come Saturday night. Darnold has been sharp in two preseason games, completing nine of 12 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Sam Darnold's 2018 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 %
Avg Target Depth
9.0 Yds
Sack Rate
Avg Receiver YAC
5.5 Yds
Receiver Drop %
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2018 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.
6' 3"
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
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Sam Darnold
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NFL Reactions: Preseason Week 1 Snap Analysis
8 days ago
Jerry Donabedian looks at snap counts from the first week of the preseason, explaining why O.J. Howard's every-down role with the starting offense is far more relevant than his lack of receiving production.
2019 Football Draft Kit: Players on the Move
18 days ago
The NFL offseason was hotter than ever as a number of big-name players, including Le'Veon Bell, changed teams. Logan Larson analyzes the most significant moves.
2019 Football Draft Kit: Breakout Players
27 days ago
Jerry Donabedian analyzes the top breakout candidates for 2019, including Baker Mayfield's path to becoming a top-3 fantasy QB.
2019 New York Jets
2019 New York Jets
30 days ago
30 days ago
Sasha Yodashkin touches on the Le'Veon Bell signing and its trickle-down effect on the Jets' Sam Darnold-led offense.
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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Starts hot in Atlanta
QBNew York Jets
August 15, 2019
Darnold played the first three drives of Thursday's 22-10 win over the Falcons in Week 2 of the Jets' preseason slate, completing five of seven passes for 46 yards and adding a three-yard run on his only carry.
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Leads TD drive against G-Men
QBNew York Jets
August 8, 2019
Darnold played one series in Thursday's preseason opener against the Giants, completing four of five passes for 68 yards and a touchdown.
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Starting preseason opener
QBNew York Jets
August 8, 2019
Darnold will start Thursday's preseason game versus the Giants, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports.
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Struggles during minicamp
QBNew York Jets
June 14, 2019
Darnold and the Jets offense struggled during June minicamp, though dropped passes were part of the problem, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.
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Pumped to work with Gase
QBNew York Jets
February 1, 2019
Darnold is excited to work with new head coach Adam Gase, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports. "I think the stuff that coach Gase does is amazing," Darnold said. "The scheme that he's able to create and to be able to put the defense in uncomfortable positions, which he does a lot, I think it is awesome and shows a lot about his creativity and his offensive mind."
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