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Time for Sam Darnold to finally get to work and progress

By Luis Tirado Jr.
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Sam Darnold of USC gestures 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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Sam Darnold of USC gestures 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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold and the New York Jets have finally ended their contract dispute and agreed to terms so everyone can move on. It’s time for Darnold to finally get to work and start progressing.

It’s over. The contract dispute between rookie quarterback Sam Darnold and the New York Jets is in the books and now, the real work begins. As confirmed by Rich Cimini of ESPN, Darnold agreed on a four-year/$30 million contract that guarantees him $20 million just as a signing bonus. With all of that behind both sides, it’s finally time for Darnold to get to work and start progressing.

While this entire ordeal involving Darnold’s rookie contract might have rubbed fans the wrong way, time heals all. At the end of the day, the NFL is a business and that’s what general managers and agents are for. Darnold can now focus on the task at hand and that is beginning his real transition from the college scene to the pros.

It won’t be an easy one but in the grand scheme of things, Darnold only missed just three days of training camp. Darnold will be just fine as nothing has changed on the depth chart at quarterback for the Jets.

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Darnold is currently the Jets third-string quarterback behind Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown, in that order. For now, McCown is the starting quarterback in training camp as it will take a lot from either Bridgewater or Darnold to dethrone him.

Despite being late on Monday’s training camp after just signing his new contract, Darnold looked sharp on the field and hit a lot of short, medium, and even long passes. Ideally, the Jets are throwing everything at Darnold to give him everything he needs to not only thrive as a quarterback but potentially be their next starter.

The ball is in Darnold’s court to see if he can put everything together and convince head coach Todd Bowles that he’s ready to start at the most important position on the team. Hopefully, Darnold is capable of proving he can handle such responsibilities and deliver consistent results from here on out.

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Darnold’s progression is huge for the Jets, if he plays above-average football from under center and has a breakout season, he can instantly turn the team from pretenders to contenders faster than anyone expected. For now, however, it’s all about taking his progression one day at a time and to finally see him on the field ready to compete is a beautiful sight to see in training camp.

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