Darnold completed 15 of 31 passes for 169 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in Thursday's 21-17 loss to the Browns. Darnold faced consistent pressure from an aggressive Browns front, but he also extinguished any hopes of a victory when his pass attempt to Robby Anderson was intercepted at the Cleveland 34-yard line with 15 seconds remaining. The rookie had short-circuited the previous possession with a pick as well, as Joe Schobert snagged a throw intended for Jermaine Kearse at the Jets' 43 with 1:27 left. Darnold did show encouraging rapport with Quincy Enunwa and Kearse in particular, and he was able to avoid a blanking for Terrelle Pryor by connecting with him for 25 yards to open the final series. The 2018 first-round pick will try to bounce back from his pair of costly miscues against the Jaguars in Week 4.
Darnold completed 25 of 41 passes for 334 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday's 20-12 loss to Miami. He also gained one yard on two rushing attempts. Darnold once again put his team in an early hole with a first-quarter interception -- this one was returned to the Jets' 15-yard line -- and Miami got into the end zone three plays later. He almost rebounded with a score late in the first half, but he overthrew a wide open Quincy Enunwa in the back of the end zone before watching tight end Chris Herndon get tackled at the one-yard line as the clock expired. The rookie bounced back after the break by getting his team on the board with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Bilal Powell, but he got picked off in the end zone on the next drive and failed to engineer another touchdown drive afterward. Mistakes are to be expected from a quarterback in his second pro game, but there's no doubt Darnold can sling it.
Darnold completed 16 of 21 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Monday night's 48-17 win over the Lions. Darnold's first career throw couldn't have been any worse, as he rolled right before winging the ball back across the field for an interception that was returned for a touchdown. After that blunder, however, the rookie settled in quite admirably, leading a number of scoring drives and showing good third-down efficiency. Darnold's first touchdown came on a 41-yard toss to Robby Anderson to close the first half, and then he connected with Quincy Enunwa on a 21-yard score on New York's opening drive of the second half. Overall, this year's third overall pick won't remember his first attempt fondly, but the way he rallied certainly deemed his debut a success.
Darnold will open the season as the Jets' starting QB. This was expected since Teddy Bridgewater was traded to the Saints, but the Jets waited until Monday to make the word official. Josh McCown is thus in line to serve as Darnold's backup. While the rookie signal-caller has plenty of long-term upside, his initial fantasy prospects are muddled by the Jets' unsettled WR/TE situations.
Darnold appears poised to open the upcoming season as the Jets' starting quarterback, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Jets have yet to officially confirm that Darnold will be their Week 1 starter, but the rookie's claim to the top job was strengthened after Teddy Bridgewater was dealt to the Saints on Wednesday. The 39-year-old Josh McCown served as the team's primary starter under center in 2017 and performed capably in that capacity, but he seems likely to transition to a backup gig with Darnold demonstrating in practices and in exhibition play that he's ready for the No. 1 role.
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