Heading into his first ever New York Jets rookie minicamp, quarterback Sam Darnold is excited about what awaits as he transitions to the pros.
When it comes to quarterbacks that first get drafted into the NFL, it’s all about being patient and learning as much as possible the moment you enter the building. For rookie quarterback Sam Darnold and his first ever rookie minicamp with the New York Jets, he knows he’ll be the talk of the locker room and likely throughout the summer as he develops over time.
It’s a lot to absorb when it comes to being coached, trained, and learning an entirely new offensive playbook. The good news is the leadership regime is putting Darnold in a position to succeed. They’ll be developing him the right way but won’t be holding him back as he’ll control where the cards may fall as far as where he’ll land on the depth chart.
For the most part, if one had to break down the Jets current depth chart, Josh McCown would be the starter as the backup position is up for grabs between Teddy Bridgewater, Christian Hackenberg, and Darnold. The Jets will likely keep three quarterbacks heading into next season so Bridgewater and Hackenberg are likely on the hot seat to prove their worth in order to be kept.
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At least for Darnold, he’s loving everything in stride so far in the city that never sleeps. In an article written by Eric Allen of NewYorkJets.com, here’s what Darnold said about his first day in Jets rookie minicamp:
“It’s awesome. I love it,” he said before practicing for the first time with the Green & White. “I understand it’s part of the whole deal. I love it though. I’m embracing it and having fun with it.”
Having fun is what matters in the grand scheme of things. While Darnold is a serious individual, for the most part, he understands that it’s good to have a positive mindset about everything that is coming his way. In interviews and press conferences with the media, he’s been all smiles and good vibes which is always a good thing to see from your future franchise quarterback.
In that very same article by Allen, Darnold revealed what he’s going to work on right from the start of his tenure with the Jets:
“Consistency. I think that’s the biggest thing,” he said. “I’m just going to come in here and be consistent every single day (and) do what I need to do: lift, eat right, get with Coach Bates, get with Josh and Teddy, learn everything that is installed that day. It’s a daily process that I go through. If I treat every single day like it’s the most important day, I think that’s really where my success is going to come from.”
It’s no secret that Darnold is a pro-ready quarterback that is capable of running the offense as soon as Week 1. The Jets are right in taking a slow approach with Darnold and his development as he’s wisely working on consistency since that’s the name of the game. Listening to him speak with such confidence and authority is a breath of fresh air compared to other past quarterbacks the Jets drafted hoping they can be “the one.”
Overall, it’s too early to tell if Darnold is indeed the chosen one for the Jets but at the end of the day, he’s already started the process and is ready to do his best in preparing for when his number is eventually called. For once in a very long time, this summer promises to be a positive one when it comes to the quarterback situation of the Jets. Especially for what should be a potentially bright future.