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Sam Darnold should sit and watch to start season

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 29: Sam Darnold #14 of the USC Trojans looks for an open receiver against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 29: Sam Darnold #14 of the USC Trojans looks for an open receiver against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets made a great decision in drafting Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. However, the team’s potential savior needs to sit and watch to begin his career.

Back in April, the New York Jets made the best decision they’ve made in quite a while; they drafted USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the third pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. This man is the quarterback everybody believes will be the savior of this championship-starved franchise.

Everyone has high expectations for this future franchise quarterback, but that shouldn’t force the Jets to start him Week 1. While it is true he should be the team’s future, he should not be the team’s present. Not yet at least.

Veteran quarterback Josh McCown showed a lot of promise last season as he threw for 2,296 yards, 19 touchdowns, and only nine interceptions through thirteen starts. He also ran for 124 yards and four touchdowns.

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These stats prove he deserves to at least start the first three games of the season. However, that’s as far as it should go. Those three games will be enough to give McCown a chance to boost his stats one last time, as well as give Darnold a chance to learn the dos and don’ts the easy way.

It would be much easier going this route than just being thrown directly into the fire. McCown already said he is okay with being a mentor for Darnold so there’s no problem in asking him to be replaced by Week 4 if he’s ready.

No rookie quarterback is ready to take over a franchise in Week 1 of the regular season, especially one like the Jets. They may show some potential, but it generally never works out well (for example, Geno Smith). It would only be fair for both parties if the team let McCown start out the season and show Darnold what he needs to know, and then throw him in Week 4 or whenever he’s ready to take over the starting job.

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