New York Jets owner Christopher Johnson recently spoke to the media for the first time since they drafted quarterback Sam Darnold. Here’s a breakdown of what he said.
Isn’t it amazing how much publicity a newly drafted first-round quarterback gets in the sports media capital of the world? When the New York Jets drafted quarterback Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, he made headlines all over the world and for all the right reasons.
Darnold has the skill-set to thrive in the city that never sleeps as the Jets are investing a lot into him being their next face of the franchise. It won’t be easy and it will take time but for the first time in a very long time, the Jets are getting ready to begin a new era with the most important position on the team.
Besides the coaching staff, teammates, and fans, even Jets owner Christopher Johnson is excited about the future of the franchise now that Darnold is in the mix. It’s to the point where he believes the decision by the Jets to trade up in the draft order and luckily have Darnold still available, could be something fans remember as a great thing many years from now.
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In an article written by Rich Cimini of ESPN, here’s what Johnson said about Darnold:
“I think people are going to look back — I honestly think they’re going to look back 20 years from now and say this is the moment the Jets shifted into a new year, that they became a great team. I absolutely think he can be our quarterback of the future,” Johnson said. “I’m not the GM, I’m not the head coach, but I can recognize a great football player, and he’s so good at playing football when everything goes wrong, when the pocket collapses.”
Needless to say, Johnson is absolutely right in his early assessment of Darnold. Every major outlet, analyst, and draft guru all had Darnold as the top quarterback in this year’s class and rightfully so. He can hit all the throws, does well in high-pressure situations, and is a locker room leader.
Darnold has the makings to be a special player and even though it takes a good two, possibly even three years to make an assessment on a drafted quarterback, the Jets did the right thing and will likely reap major benefits down the road. Once Darnold is developed and completely ready to start, it will be a great sight to see once it’s time for this to completely be his team.
Overall, Johnson’s comments are great and are pretty much the general consensus of fans everywhere. For once, there is a new quarterback in town that is worth talking about and someone that hopefully down the road, is a player worth bragging about.