Things aren’t going so great for quarterback Sam Darnold in his first ever rookie minicamp with the New York Jets. Let us all not overanalyze things just a few days into his transition to the pros.
Rookie minicamp has officially begun for the New York Jets as their 2018 NFL Draft class and a plethora of undrafted free agents are showcasing their talents to the coaching staff. It’s not anything too intense as it’s mostly simple exercises to brush up on basic football drills, lots of working out, and just getting a small preview of what awaits for those that get invited to training camp.
Newly drafted quarterback Sam Darnold obviously had all eyes on him as he was throwing passes for the first time ever wearing a Jets uniform. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as if he was the second coming of Joe Montana on the field ready to lead the Jets to a Super Bowl appearance. Darnold had some nervousness and made some mistakes.
Such expectations need to be tempered because, in the grand scheme of things, Darnold has some things to work on in order for him to be successful at the next level. Yes, he is capable of being a Week 1 starter since he’s pro-ready but everything he does from here on out should be taken one day at a time. Darnold has to work on a few aspects of his game and also absorb and execute an extensive new offensive playbook from anything he was used to at USC.
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Just because Darnold had a few bad passes during his first ever rookie minicamp isn’t the end of the world. No, the Jets didn’t make a mistake drafting him just because he had an interception in rookie minicamp and some miscues throwing to receivers.
Patience is key with Darnold since he has the skill-set to be an extremely good quarterback but to get there will take some time. The Jets are undoubtedly going to do their best in giving him the right, coaching, training, and mentoring for him to be their next franchise quarterback.
Let us all not overanalyze something as trivial as a 20-year-old rookie quarterback having a few hiccups during rookie minicamp. Remember, it’s simply a weekend event that is merely done to shake off the rust of young football players. These guys haven’t been on a football field in a few months and are there to mostly get a feel of what awaits this summer.
Darnold is going to be just fine but it’s way too early to think otherwise. Don’t worry Jets fans, sooner than later, the Darnold era will begin once he’s completely ready to take the keys and run with it.