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Sam Darnold | Quarterback | #14

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (21) / 6/5/1997
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 225
College: USC
Drafted: 2018 / Rd. 1 (3) / NYJ
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Sam Darnold completed 16-of-28 passes for 167 scoreless yards in the Jets' 38-3, Week 17 loss to the Patriots.
Darnold was sacked four times in the finale. The youngest ever Week 1 starting quarterback, Darnold's opener was a lighting up of the Lions. Things were not pretty much the rest of the way before injuring his foot and missing four weeks. Darnold returned in Week 14 and looked like a totally different quarterback, throwing six touchdowns to one pick Weeks 14-16, including a 341-yard, three-score dicing of the Packers in the home finale. Overall, Darnold's arrow is screaming upward thanks to a big final month, and he finishes the year 239-of-414 (57.7%) for 2,865 yards (6.92 YPA) and a 17:15 TD:INT mark. Darnold added 138 rushing yards and and 18th score that way. He has massive room for growth, especially if the Jets upgrade the supporting cast, which is a must. Darnold is unlikely to open 2019 as a top-12 fantasy passer. Sun, Dec 30, 2018 04:26:00 PM

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Sam Darnold completed 24-of-35 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns in the Jets' Week 16 loss to the Packers.

Looking completely comfortable and in sync, Darnold started out hot, completing 12-of-14 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown to start the game. His touchdown was a 33-yard strike to Robby Anderson, who was his primary target all day. He kept things going after halftime, leading a touchdown drive on the Jets’ opening possession of the third quarter. He found Anderson twice on that drive and capped it with a five-yard touchdown to Chris Herndon. Following a Packers fumble on the ensuing kickoff, Darnold notched his third touchdown with a dump off to Elijah McGuire. The Packers managed to come back and take the lead, but a long kick off return followed by two quick completions allowed the Jets to force overtime. Unfortunately, the rookie did not get to touch the ball in the extra session. Despite the loss, this was yet another positive start for Darnold, who will look to finish strong against the Patriots next week.
Sun, Dec 23, 2018 04:52:00 PM

Sam Darnold completed 24-of-38 passes for 253 yards and two scores in the Jets' Week 15 loss to the Texans.

Despite having only tossed for 253 yards, Darnold was superb on Saturday, scrambling for his life on most plays only to find a receiver at the sticks once Houston's coverages broke down. His final fourth-down throw to Robby Anderson (7/96/1) would've kept the Jets' potential comeback-win alive had the receiver not dropped it. Although his fantasy potential is already ruined for this season, the franchise's future is clearly in good hands. Darnold will again be a low-end QB2 in deep/2-QB leagues against the Packers' secondary in Week 16.
Sat, Dec 15, 2018 07:49:00 PM

Sam Darnold completed 16-of-24 passes for 170 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the Jets' Week 14 win over Buffalo.

Darnold re-injured his foot on the opening drive but returned after missing only one series. The entire Jets offense was held in check for most of the game, but Darnold managed to lead a go-ahead score in the final two minutes. Darnold's touchdown was a highlight pass to Robby Anderson in the red-zone, though he was otherwise quiet in his first game back. It's a step in the rigth direction after Darnold's pre-injury struggles. Darnold gets another tough matchup with the Texans secondary in Week 15.
Sun, Dec 9, 2018 04:20:00 PM

Sam Darnold suffered a foot injury in Week 14 against Buffalo.

Darnold was injured on a broken play on the Jets' first series. He returned after missing just one series
Sun, Dec 9, 2018 01:36:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Sam Darnold (foot) will start this week against the Bills.

This was the expectation after Darnold got in a full practice Wednesday, and the quarterback said he plans to play following that session. Darnold's return sets up a battle of first-round rookies with Josh Allen on the other side.
Thu, Dec 6, 2018 10:11:00 AM

Sam Darnold (foot) confirmed he plans to play Week 14 against the Bills.

We assumed as much after the Jets upgraded Darnold to full participation at Wednesday's practice. "The plan for me, personally, is to play," said the third overall pick. "Barring something catastrophic, I feel like I'm ready to go." Darnold was healthy enough to play in Week 13, though the Jets opted to play it safe by giving him another week. His return pushes veteran Josh McCown back to the bench.
Wed, Dec 5, 2018 06:25:00 PM

Sam Darnold (foot) is practicing in full for Week 14 against the Bills.

Darnold is expected to be back under center for Gang Green after missing the last three games. The Bills' defense remains one of the better streamers.
Wed, Dec 5, 2018 03:33:00 PM

Sam Darnold (foot) is expected to resume starting in Week 14 at Buffalo.

On Monday, coach Todd Bowles indicated Darnold was healthy enough to play in last week's loss to Tennessee, but the Jets wanted to get him more practice reps ahead of this week's start. After a hot beginning, Gang Green's offense has fallen into a state of brokenness Josh McCown failed to fix. Darnold will be thrown back to the wolves in chilly Buffalo to face an underrated Bills defense.
Mon, Dec 3, 2018 04:17:00 PM

Jets declared QB Sam Darnold, CB Derrick Jones, DB Jeremy Clark, OLB Jeremiah Attaochu, OL Ben Braden, WR Rishard Matthews, and DL Folorunso Fatukasi inactive for Week 13 against the Titans.

Josh McCown will make another start. Darnold should be back Week 14.
Sun, Dec 2, 2018 02:47:00 PM

Sam Darnold (foot) is questionable for Week 13 against the Titans.

Josh McCown practiced in full on Friday and would presumably be the starter one more week before Darnold likely gets back in the saddle Week 14. The Jets want Darnold as healthy as possible before throwing him back out there.
Fri, Nov 30, 2018 12:38:00 PM

Sam Darnold (foot) remained limited at Thursday's practice.

Darnold said earlier in the week he was "hopeful" of playing Sunday against Tennessee, though obviously the Jets have no reason to rush him back in the midst of a lost season. Josh McCown (back, hand), who has started the last two games, was also limited at Thursday's session.
Thu, Nov 29, 2018 02:09:00 PM

Sam Darnold (foot) said he is "hopeful" he will play this week.

Darnold practiced for the first time since Week 9 on Wednesday. "Coming back after today and actually practicing on it, being on it today and cutting and doing my drops, it’ll be interesting to see how it feels [Thursday]," Darnold said. "I’m pretty optimistic about it though." The Jets will likely play it safe with the rookie, but there is at least a chance he returns to the starting lineup this week.
Thu, Nov 29, 2018 09:05:00 AM

Sam Darnold (foot) returned to a limited practice Wednesday.

Josh McCown (back, hand) was also limited Wednesday. Darnold is making steady progress after not practicing at all last week. The Jets could choose to give him another week to get to 100% before throwing him out there.
Wed, Nov 28, 2018 03:48:00 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Sam Darnold (foot) is more likely to return in Week 14 than next week against the Titans.

Darnold hasn't made much progress since injuring his foot in Week 9. Rapoport concedes that the rookie "could" return for next week's game at Tennessee, though at this point, it seems unlikely. It will be hard to gauge Darnold's status until he resumes practicing. Sixteen-year vet Josh McCown will continue to fill in at QB for the struggling Jets.
Sun, Nov 25, 2018 08:49:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Sam Darnold
2Josh McCown
3Davis Webb
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Elijah McGuire
3Trenton Cannon
4Bilal Powell
5Joel Bouagnon
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Elijah McGuire
3Bilal Powell
3RB1Elijah McGuire
2Trenton Cannon
3Bilal Powell
WR11Robby Anderson
2Charone Peake
3Rishard Matthews
WR21Quincy Enunwa
2Jermaine Kearse
3Andre Roberts
WR31Jermaine Kearse
TE1Chris Herndon
2Clive Walford
3Jordan Leggett
4Neal Sterling
5Eric Tomlinson
LT1Kelvin Beachum
LG1James Carpenter
2Ben Braden
C1Spencer Long
2Jonotthan Harrison
RG1Brian Winters
2Dakota Dozier
RT1Brandon Shell
2Brent Qvale
3Eric Smith
K1Jason Myers