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Coffee with the Jets: Thoughts on quarterback Sam Darnold

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Apr 15, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass during the annual 2017 Spring Game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum . Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 15, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass during the annual 2017 Spring Game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum . Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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A loyal reader asks for general thoughts on quarterback Sam Darnold in this edition of Coffee with the New York Jets.

With the official minicamp of the New York Jets underway, all eyes will be on what kind of season they will have. Many predict they’ll be lucky to win five games in 2017 while others don’t believe it won’t be so bad since the Jets do have talent in some areas of the team that should make them somewhat competitive. Of course, everything comes down to the quarterback situation and how it will all pan out.

Depending on how many games the Jets win will determine how great their overall first round draft pick will be in 2018. For whatever reason, many fans of the Jets want them to tank so bad, it will guarantee them the No. 1 overall pick and the ability to select their next franchise quarterback.

In case you didn’t know, my Coffee with the Jets series is pretty much my loyal readers submitting questions that I answer right here on The Jet Press. Needless to say, questions about current quarterbacks and even future ones are pretty popular. Here is what Justin asked via Twitter:

How do you feel about this guy? pic.twitter.com/WUS8jUZutg

— Justin (@justin_case_jp) June 8, 2017

Ah yes, quarterback Sam Darnold out of USC. Not only is he the most popular quarterback Jets fans want to see wearing a Green & White uniform, but many believe he’ll be the next big thing at the most important position on the team.

Looking at his stats, he’s made quite the impact so far in his collegiate career. In just one season, Darnold has totaled 3,086 passing yards, 31 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. Yeah, those are some pretty solid stats for just a single season but my thoughts on Darnold are simple in the grand scheme of things.

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There is no guarantee Darnold will be a successful NFL quarterback as hope and reality are two different things.

Fans of the Jets are hoping they select him but to end up with a top draft pick means a plethora of hours spent on researching, scouting, and analyzing everything that a potential draftee brings to the table.

Just because Darnold had one incredible season doesn’t mean he will have similar results at the pro level, let alone, with the Jets. So many things can change between now and next year’s draft that it’s premature to tank the year or “Suck for Sam” for a player that is unproven and untested at the NFL level. For all we know, he could be the next big bust in NFL history. That could be the reality of the situation.

Overall, I think he’s a good quarterback but until he totals another year or two of consistent results, it’s best to stop proclaiming him the next big quarterback that will take the NFL by storm since it’s such a small sample size. It’s best to take things one day at a time and see how everything pans out until then.

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