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Can Sam Darnold live up to expectations?

By Luis Tirado Jr.
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Sam Darnold of USC poses after being picked #3 overall by the New York Jets during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Sam Darnold of USC poses after being picked #3 overall by the New York Jets during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Expectations are super high for rookie quarterback Sam Darnold to deliver big results in the future under center for the New York Jets. Can Darnold live up to such expectations?

When you get drafted with the third overall pick in an NFL Draft, it comes with a lot of pressure to deliver and extremely high expectations. Such is the case with quarterback Sam Darnold and the fact that the New York Jets didn’t hesitate for a second to draft him when they were on the clock thanks to everything he brings to the table.

Darnold is not only going to be groomed to be the next franchise quarterback of the Jets but is entering a great situation with the franchise. By the looks of it, they won’t be rushing his development to start as they want him to be completely ready for the task at hand.

With Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater as experienced veterans to turn to in training camp and preseason action, Darnold has some great mentors ready to show him the ropes. All of this will undoubtedly help him prepare for his eventual start at some point this upcoming season. Since it looks like McCown will start come Week 1 of the regular season, gives Darnold some time to develop until it’s time to make a switch.

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Even though it might make sense for the Jets to sit Darnold this year so he can have enough time to learn and execute on things, such a highly drafted quarterback needs regular season reps in order to develop. Yeah, going over the playbook, mastering audibles, and earning the respect of those around him will take time but the Jets need to start him once he’s ready and not delay his progression, regardless of how good or bad they’re doing in 2018.

Can Darnold live up to such expectations to deliver winning results once his number is called? Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer recently chimed his thoughts on MMQB on how Darnold will likely handle all the pressure, media, and fame that comes with playing in the city that never sleeps. Check it out in the video below:

Remember, when it comes to Darnold, he’s calm, cool, and collective. He has the ability to always keep his poise even in the toughest of situations and even in interviews so far with the media, handles himself like a true professional.

Darnold will easily live up to such high expectations since, at the end of the day, he was considered the top quarterback in this year’s draft and rightfully so. He has a good head on his shoulders, a great skill-set to hit all the throws, and will surprise many once he gets to start and do what he does best. Don’t worry Jets fans, Darnold will finally be the answer we’ve been waiting all these years for.

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