Jets QB Sam Darnold ready to light up opposing defenses
We’re only a few days into training camp, but New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold is already primed to attack opposing defenses in Week 1.
Despite a disappointing 5-11 campaign last season, the New York Jets have enough talent on both sides of the ball to be a serious problem for opponents in 2019.
One primary reason for Jets fans to have hope this year is second-year quarterback Sam Darnold, who showed flashes of brilliance during his rookie season.
As he prepares for his second NFL season, Darnold is already getting hyped for regular-season action, even just days into training camp practices (via team reporter Ethan Greenberg):
First of all, I’m ready to roll. Obviously, there’s a lot of practices left in training camp and leading up to the preseason and leading up to Week 1 against Buffalo, but I’m ready to roll. I’m excited. I think this team is poised to do great things this year. It really starts one week at a time, one day at a time. So, that’s our mindset right now.
With a new, more aggressive offensive scheme under new head coach Adam Gase, Darnold can’t wait to take advantage of his vast array of offensive weapons, as well as the dynamic playbook Gase brings to the table:
What we want to do with our offense, our No. 1 thing is attack. Don’t let the defense get settled in, make them feel uncomfortable every single day. That’s our goal, that’s what we’re going to do whether it’s with tempo or pushing the ball down the field. It’s just keeping the defense on their toes, making sure they have no idea what’s coming and going about it that way. We’re getting great feedback from our defense, too, in terms of what we’re doing.
This offseason was full of upheaval for the Gang Green, from replacing head coach Todd Bowles with Gase, and general manager Mike Maccagnan with Joe Douglas, to adding star power on both sides of the ball in the form of running back Le’Veon Bell and linebacker C.J. Mosley.
But while the overhaul, both on the field and in the coaching/front office ranks, could have a destabilizing effect on an NFL team, having a returning leader like Darnold at the game’s most important position will be vital as the team hopes to return to the postseason for the first time in nearly a decade.
It’s quite the responsibility for a second-year quarterback, but Darnold is ready to prove he can live up to the expectations of being the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.