Sam Darnold continues to impress and earn respect
By Jason Rodriguez
As the season’s end is just a few weeks away, New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold continues to impress and earn respect from everyone around him.
Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold continues to make many New York Jets fans excited for the future and will look to end the season on a high note. This season, the offense of the New York Jets has been a completely dysfunctional group.
The offense is ranked 30th amongst the 32 teams in the league, and in the red zone, they are the worst. Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates was a coach with much creativity coming from the Chicago Bears but it seems he can’t do anything right. Darnold has struggled in being successful early on in the year.
Now coming back from injury, Darnold has done much better in handling his surroundings and has looked more confident. Since he returned a few weeks back, Darnold has gone 40 for 62 in passing with a completion percentage of 64 percent. He also seems like he is making smarter decisions and protecting the football, which is crucial for an up and coming young quarterback. He is controlling the line of scrimmage and making adjustments to help the team be successful on that play.
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He also seems to have built a solid relationship and bond with Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa, and tight end Chris Herndon. Darnold also continues making his voice be heard in the huddle as he commands the offense which shows his confidence. As a fan, you like to see that because he is taking control early on in his career.
Darnold has learned a lot while on sidelines recovering from his foot injury in the few games he missed. It gave him a different perspective and allowed him to be more of a student of the game.
Maybe having this injury was a blessing because of how he was performing. He studied the game a lot more and watched even more video with the help of Josh McCown.
With only two more games left in the season, Darnold has an opportunity to finish on a high note. Clearly, he wants to finish off the season strong and show the organization they have nothing to worry about. He needs to continue to play with poise and stay calm in the heat of the moment. Darnold hopefully will get the help he needs and truly perform to the best of his ability next season. Jets fans should be excited because the organization finally has the franchise quarterback they have been looking for.