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Does Darnold believe he did enough to be the starter?

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 24: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets runs the ball during their preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on August 24, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 24: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets runs the ball during their preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on August 24, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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As the New York Jets prepare to close out the preseason on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles, rookie quarterback Sam Darnold gives his thoughts on if he’s done enough to earn the starting job.

Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold continues to impress week in, week out. Whether it’s in training camp, on the gridiron in preseason action, or talking to the media, he’s doing and saying all the right things. Compared to past quarterbacks of the Jets, this is all a refreshing change of pace.

Has Darnold done and shown enough to earn the Jets starting position? From a playing standpoint, the Jets started him once again in their Week 3 preseason loss to the New York Giants. Considering that Darnold played for a little bit more than a half, bodes well for his chances to win it all.

Head coach Todd Bowles has kept quiet on what will be the biggest decision of his tenure with the Jets. By the looks of it, the Jets could potentially start Darnold, put veteran quarterback Josh McCown in as his backup, and consider trading Teddy Bridgewater to help address another area of need on the roster.

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For now, Darnold truly knows how to handle the hottest competition in training camp. Courtesy of the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here is what Darnold said on if he thinks he has done enough to be the starter:

At the end of the day that’s up to the coaches. I’m not here to say that I’ve won the job or that I’ve lost the job. I’m just going to play consistent football, continue to put my best foot forward for the team, continue to be a good leader for the team and really just be myself, continue to be myself and at the end of the day that’s a coach’s decision.

Again, Darnold absolutely gets it. These are the kind of comments coaches dream about hearing from their potential franchise quarterback. The first series on offense for the Jets when they faced the Giants was a small glimpse of what the future could look like with Darnold under center.

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Darnold’s poise, execution, and focus on not making any critical mistakes all make him a strong candidate to win the starting job. With one more preseason game left to seal the deal, things are looking good for Darnold to dethrone McCown from the top of the depth chart and begin a new era under center to begin the regular season.

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