New York Jets: Keep an Eye on Sam Darnold This Season

This coming season most of the attention will be paid to a variety of quarterbacks, but New York Jets’ Sam Darnold should receive a ton of recognition in 2020.

The former USC quarterback missed games last season due to mono.

However, when he returned, Darnold helped keep the Jets in the hunt for a playoff spot and threw 12 touchdowns with only four picks in the final seven regular-season games.

More to Come

Sam Darnold has a chance to help guide the Jets into the postseason this year.

The 23-year-old also has a better chance to win the AFC East now that New England looks like a totally different club.

Darnold can play exceptional football, but there are times where the offense looks boring and straight-up lousy with him under center.

This season New York should play better offensively.

Le’Veon Bell, after missing the 2018 campaign, didn’t have a Pro Bowl level year we are used to seeing from him in 2019.

He should have all the rust off of him and maybe Adam Gase will use him more often in ’20 to create balance.

The Jets bolstered their o-line and they drafted Baylor receiver Denzel Mims.

It’s hard to imagine Darnold not posting better numbers this coming year.

Time for a Change

The Jets haven’t won much in the last decade and really need everything to come together for Sam Darnold in his third NFL season.

I like Darnold’s poise and ability to toss the pigskin down the field whether it’s short or intermediate routes.

The third overall pick in the 2018 draft needs to remind fans why he was taken so high.

Darnold also needs to help cancel out the seasons that Jet fans had to watch other quarterbacks.

Whether it’s Geno Smith, Mark Sanchez, or Kellen Clemens, Jet fans watched some subpar football over the years.

Shine Light on Sam

Sam Darnold doesn’t get himself into trouble or in any form of negative limelight.

Even though he’s in the largest media market in the United States, Darnold is like a mouse and you can never spot him.

Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, and Kyler Murray get plenty of media coverage, but Darnold may wind up with the best NFL future.

Last season, the New York Jets won six of their last eight games.

Those wins included Oakland, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo.

I understand there will be critiques, but Sam Darnold and the Jets should not be ignored entering the new year.

2020 Schedule

New York will have a few tests early in the season as they will visit Buffalo, host San Francisco, and visit Indianapolis. I would think they’d go 1-2 with a chance to go 2-1.

Gang Green will then host Denver and Arizona, which should be helpful since West Coast teams tend to have a hard time playing in the Eastern part of the country.

The Jets will then take a trip to see the Los Angeles Chargers, host Buffalo, and visit Kansas City. New York will probably go 2-3 in these five games.

Sam Darnold and Co. will host New England, visit Miami before going on a bye week, and then will host the Dolphins after sed bye.

Las Vegas will land in New Jersey to battle the Jets and avenge last year’s defeat. Russell Wilson and Seattle will host the Jets and then the Los Angeles Rams will do the same the following week.

New York will wrap up the season at home against Cleveland before visiting the Patriots in Week 17.

I’m predicting the Jets will win four of their last eight contests of the season.

Therefore putting them with a record of 7-9, but 8-8 and 9-7 are not out of the question.

Sam Darnold will have the New York Jets in earshot of the playoffs this season.

How good will Darnold be in 2020? Leave a comment below.

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