New York Jets: Sam Darnold has been partially cleared for Week 5
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase provided an update on Sam Darnold. Here are all the details and what’s next.
The moment New York Jets fans have been desperately waiting for: what is the status of quarterback Sam Darnold?
Adam Gase spoke to the media on a conference call on Monday and shared the latest details on a less than ideal situation.
Darnold has been cleared for non-contact which means he can begin throwing a football which he had previously been unable to do.
Which means his status for the team’s Week 5 road trip vs the Philadelphia Eagles is seriously in question.
The team was hoping for a clearer answer coming off of the bye week and extended rest, but they haven’t received it.
Connor Hughes of The Athletic said Sam “doesn’t look great for Sunday” and that he’d be unable to play if the game was on Wednesday or Thursday of this week.
On Monday night Gase will meet with medical personnel to get the final details on Sam’s next checkup and to determine whether or not he’ll be able to play on Sunday.
The team won’t rush him back until he’s 100 percent ready to go and Gase preached patience during the conference call.
So what does that mean for the quarterback situation?
Luke Falk is the only other quarterback currently on the active roster, so if Darnold is unable to go, it’ll be Falk as the starter vs the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 5.
With no backup quarterback currently on the team, the Jets will “revisit” that situation, per Adam Gase.
Last week the Jets did sign former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Mike White to the practice squad. The former fifth-round pick spent 2018 with the Cowboys but didn’t play in any games.
“The 6-foot-5, 218-pounder threw for 8,540 yards, 61 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions in 27 games for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers while completing 66.4 percent of his passes,” per Ethan Greenberg of the New York Jets.
The official word on Sam Darnold’s status will come later this week. It’s an encouraging sign that he’s been approved to throw a football, but it’s also disconcerting that he hasn’t received full clearance yet. Looks like a wait and see approach this week for the Jets.