Have the NY Jets done enough to support quarterback Sam Darnold in 2020?
This is the question that has been echoed everywhere from Florham Park to the stalls at MetLife Stadium. Is Darnold readily equipped to compete against some of the top-tier talent around the NFL?
The answer, at the moment, is quite obvious to fans who have had the privilege to watch the Jets over the previous two years, and who have followed the team’s offseason up to this point.
Darnold has learned two NFL systems over his time wearing the green and white. During his time mastering both, Darnold has been tasked with throwing to receivers with the likes of Andre Roberts, Jermaine Kearse, Charone Peake, Jeff Smith — you get the point.
General manager Joe Douglas has the job of strapping Darnold to the best possible situation for as long as he is the quarterback of Douglas’ team. The Jets have not been able to consistently add talented pieces to a roster that has been inept at signing players to second contracts.
While Darnold still seems to be making the best of his current situation out on the practice field, he’s been throwing to receivers that likely won’t see the field on offense come Week 1 (i.e. Josh Malone, Jeff Smith).
The team still hasn’t found it in their best interest to surround Darnold with the talent he deserves to succeed in 2020.
Sam Darnold and the NY Jets will need the offense to return to full health.
If the offense stays up-right for all 16 games this season, Darnold may stand a chance against some of the better defenses in the NFL, and the Jets will face them.
With slated match-ups against the Bills, 49ers, Patriots, Seahawks, Rams, and Browns, Darnold and company surely need to stay healthy in order to put up a competitive fight at odds with four out of six of these teams making the playoffs from last season.
If there is anyone that can overcome an organization that has been dysfunctionally run for a good part of the past decade, it’s Sam Darnold and his calm, California cool personality.
With Joe Douglas vowing to supply Darnold with the needed artillery to win in this league, it’s only a matter a time before things get turned around for the better.