Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold got his first ever preseason start in Week 2 action against the Washington Redskins. Despite the loss, Darnold continues to accept the reality of the situation.
Despite his first loss of the preseason, rookie quarterback Sam Darnold continues to show his maturity even during the aftermath. Yes, it’s just a meaningless football game, but it’s good to see how Darnold acts after a defeat in which he also threw an interception in while failing to score a touchdown.
In the grand scheme of things, Darnold took the loss for what it is and has an entire half of football to analyze, study, and use towards progression. At the end of the day, it’s all about Darnold’s progress towards eliminating mistakes and playing as close to flawless football as possible as he continues to compete for the starting job.
At this point in time, the Darnold hype train has come back down to reality but all hope isn’t lost. He has two more weeks to prove he’s capable of starting the regular season for the Jets as until then, all Darnold can do is keep his head down and continue grinding.
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In a tweet by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, here is what Darnold said about his first ever start in a preseason game:
“I feel like I’m going to continue to grow and get better every single day,” he said, according to the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta. “That’s what I’m most excited about…to see how much I’m going to be able to grow and build chemistry with the guys in the locker room. I think we have the potential to do really good things.”
Talk about saying the right things at the right time, eh? Darnold truly gets it as this is one of the many reasons why the Jets made him their No. 3 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft. He’s a rookie but handles himself like a savvy veteran.
As Darnold does his best to seek redemption next week, the Jets will head back to training camp this week and focus on the task at hand. The Jets are set to face the New York Giants in Week 3 preseason action as Darnold will undoubtedly look forward to the famous “Snoopy Bowl” in the city that never sleeps.