NY Jets: Why Corey Davis’ comments about Sam Darnold mean nothing

NY Jets, Sam Darnold (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
NY Jets, Sam Darnold (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

NY Jets‘ quarterback Sam Darnold faces an uncertain future in New York. But the comments from one of his newest teammates on Tuesday, wide receiver Corey Davis, seemed to hint about what the future might hold for the former No. 3 overall pick.

Or did they?

Davis spoke to the media on Tuesday to talk about his decision to sign with the Jets and how he views the organization going forward. As expected, he was asked about the team’s uncertain quarterback situation.

When asked about Sam Darnold’s future, he said that he was under the impression that Darnold would be the Jets’ starting quarterback. He then doubled-down and insisted that, yes, he believes Darnold will be the Week 1 starter in 2021.

Of course, this raised plenty of eyebrows this afternoon. But it’s important not to read too much into these comments.

Corey Davis’ comments say nothing about the NY Jets’ plans for Sam Darnold

It should be noted that Davis did not express his faith that Darnold would be the starting QB in as definitive of a way as has been presented.

While he said that Darnold is the quarterback right now, he also indicated that he would be fine with whatever direction the Jets take.

“This situation, it is what it is. I’m coming in with my understanding that Sam is the guy….whichever direction they decide to go it’s on me to be ready.”

Essentially, he left the door open while still protecting the man currently under center. After all, what else was he supposed to say?

Any other answer would have thrown Darnold under the bus, and given that the Jets haven’t made any decision regarding the quarterback position just yet, that would be rather foolish.

The fact of the matter is that we don’t know anything more today than we did yesterday. Or the day before that. Or the week before that.

All signs seem to point to the Jets moving on from Darnold and turning to the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft to find his replacement. Not only is it the wise move from a financial and logistical point of view, but they’re clearly not sold on Darnold.

They inquired about Matthew Stafford’s market. They’ve monitored the Deshaun Watson situation. They’re attending the pro days of all the major quarterbacks and are expected to send the top brass to Zach Wilson’s pro day.

The Jets are evidently eyeing a change at the quarterback position. But again, nothing is certain.

Either way, Davis said what he had to say in his press conference. He protected his teammate while leaving the door open to entrust the organization to make the right decision. There was no other way he could have answered that question.

The bottom line is, don’t read into press conference answers expecting to gain any type of insight. It’s not going to happen.

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Davis’ comments might be making headlines, but this is the season of overreaction, after all. It’s to be expected.