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June 14, 2019 03:32 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Struggles during minicamp
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Darnold and the Jets offense struggled during June minicamp, though dropped passes were part of the problem, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Darnold's work throughout the offseason program has mostly drawn praise from the media, but it sounds like the Gang Green defense got the best of the offense in the final few practices before training camp. In addition to learning a new scheme from coach Adam Gase, the 22-year-old quarterback is trying to get comfortable with offseason acquisitions Le'Veon Bell and Jamison Crowder. The Jets have a well-balanced group of pass catchers, though tight end could be a weak spot early in the season with Chris Herndon expected to serve a short suspension.

February 1, 2019 05:00 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Pumped to work with Gase
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold is excited to work with new head coach Adam Gase, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports. "I think the stuff that coach Gase does is amazing," Darnold said. "The scheme that he's able to create and to be able to put the defense in uncomfortable positions, which he does a lot, I think it is awesome and shows a lot about his creativity and his offensive mind."

The 40-year-old Gase will stay in the AFC East after producing a 23-25 record in three seasons as head coach of the Dolphins, with his offenses finishing in the bottom half of the league for both points and yards each season. The statistics don't provide much cause for optimism, but it can easily be argued Gase overachieved in winning 7.7 games per season with some brutal rosters that were further weakened by Ryan Tannehill's injuries (24 missed games). The current collection of talent isn't any better in New York, but the Jets do have a plethora of cap space as well as the No. 3 pick in the upcoming draft. The team has every opportunity to improve its situation around Darnold, who closed out his rookie season by completing 64 percent of his passes for 7.4 yards per attempt and a 6:1 TD:INT in four December games.

December 30, 2018 05:20 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Caps rookie season with loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold completed 16 of 28 passes for 167 yards while adding a 28-yard carry and losing a fumble in Sunday's 38-3 loss to New England. He finishes the season with 2,865 passing yards and a 17:15 touchdown to interception ratio.

Darnold ends his up-and-down rookie season on a down note, though the 28-yard rush was the longest of his career. He should undoubtedly return as the Jets' starting quarterback next season, and the team has oodles of cap space and a high draft pick to surround Darnold with more talent, as the poor play around him noticeably took a toll on the third overall pick's numbers.

December 23, 2018 05:44 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Career game wasted by poor defense
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold completed 24 of 35 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns while rushing three times for four yards in Sunday's 44-38 overtime loss to the Packers.

Darnold extended wide receiver Robby Anderson's touchdown streak to three games with a 33-yard connection in the second quarter, then added a five-yard score to Chris Herndon and a 20-yarder to Elijah McGuire, both in the third. Unfortunately for the rookie third overall selection, this career-high performance in the passing yards category was wasted by New York's undisciplined defense, as the Jets' 16 penalties for 172 yards helped keep the Packers in the game and spurred Green Bay's 24-3 run in the fourth quarter and overtime. Darnold threw for just 169 yards in the next game after topping the 300-yard mark back in Week 2, so he'll look to avoid a similar letdown in Week 17 against the Patriots.

December 15, 2018 09:20 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Comeback bid falls short
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold completed 24 of 38 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns while rushing six times for 35 yards in Saturday's 29-22 loss to the Texans.

Darnold led the Jets to a 22-19 lead with five minutes left in the game, but the defense gave back the lead and the young quarterback was unable to put together another scoring drive. It's only the third time this season Darnold hasn't thrown an interception and he looked quite poised despite Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon struggling on the ground with 25 carries for 55 yards. Additionally, the rookie quarterback didn't appear to show any ill affects from the sprained right foot that plagued him in recent weeks. A matchup with the Packers awaits the Jets in Week 16.

December 11, 2018 03:44 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Logs full practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold (foot) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, Darryl Slater of reports.

After missing three straight games with a sprained right foot, Darnold practiced fully throughout last week and gained clearance to start Sunday against the Bills. He departed in the first half after aggravating the injury, but re-entered the contest and helped guide the Jets to a 27-23 comeback victory. According to Rich Cimini of, Darnold split first-team reps with Josh McCown in the portion of Tuesday's practice open to the media, but the full participation listing suggests the rookie's health is on solid ground entering a tough Week 15 matchup with the Texans.

December 10, 2018 02:40 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Expects to play Saturday
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Darnold (foot) and coach Todd Bowles both expect the quarterback to be fine for Saturday's game against the Texans, Rich Cimini of reports.

Bowles said the injury to Darnold's right foot is different from the issue that caused a three-game absence, but it's hard to imagine they aren't related in any way. Regardless, the rookie missed just one drive during Sunday's game in Buffalo, ultimately leading the Jets to 14 points in the fourth quarter to secure a 27-23 win. While he doesn't expect to miss any more time, Darnold likely will have a spot on the team's Week 15 injury report.

December 10, 2018 02:16 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Toughs out injury in comeback win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold completed 16 of 24 passes for 170 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 27-23 win over Buffalo. He also rushed for 10 yards on four carries.

Darnold only threw six passes in the first half, completing four for 41 yards. He limped off to the locker room and didn't play on New York's second drive after rushing for nine yards on third-and-10 prior to a punt on the first, but Darnold was able to return for the Jets' third possession and beyond. His touchdown was a 7-yarder to Robby Anderson, and Darnold found Anderson for a 37-yard gain down the sideline inside of two minutes left to set up Elijah McGuire's game-winning touchdown run. The Jets would be wise to take it easy with their rookie signal-caller's bothersome foot injury, but expect Darnold to be under center against the Texans in Week 15 if things don't get any worse on that front.

December 9, 2018 01:48 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Re-enters Week 14 contest
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold returned to Sunday's game against the Bills after initially exiting with a right foot injury, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.

Darnold, who is playing for the first time since Week 9, presumably aggravated his sprained foot on the Jets' opening drive. Josh McCown stepped in for the subsequent possession and led the Jets into field-goal range, but it looks like Darnold will be ready to go for the rest of the day after receiving some treatment on the sideline.

December 9, 2018 01:36 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Injures foot Sunday
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Darnold is questionable to return to Sunday's game in Buffalo due to a foot injury.

Darnold missed the Jets' previous three games due to a sprained right foot, so he may have aggravated the injury. While there's a chance he may reenter the contest, he'll yield quarterback duties to veteran Josh McCown for the time being.

December 9, 2018 01:28 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Limps to locker room Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold (undisclosed) limped to the locker room during the first quarter of Sunday's game at Buffalo, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

After missing three contests with a sprained right foot, Darnold was cleared to return Sunday, only to last nine minutes before suffering a lower-body injury. It remains to be seen if his right foot is the culprit, but the Jets will confirm the nature of the injury in short order.

December 9, 2018 10:24 AM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Starting assignment confirmed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold (foot) will return from a three-game absence to start Sunday's game against the Bills, a source told Brian Costello of the New York Post.

Coach Todd Bowles was unwilling to announce a Week 14 starter heading into the weekend, but there was never much doubt Darnold would be back under center after he practiced fully Wednesday through Friday. With the report now corroborating the prevailing belief that Darnold will start, those relying on the rookie in two-quarterback leagues can insert him into lineups without any reservations. That said, Darnold hasn't offered much to excited about from a performance standpoint this season, as he's completed just 55 percent of his passes for 6.7 yards per attempt, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Don't expect his efficiency numbers to take a major turn for the better while he faces a Bills pass defense that has limited the opposition to 5.9 yards per attempt (second in NFL) and a 63.8 percent completion rate (11th) this season.

December 7, 2018 12:48 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Not on final injury report
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold (foot) was a full practice participant Friday and doesn't have any injury designation for Sunday's game in Buffalo, Greg Joyce of the New York Post reports.

A full participant at every practice this week, Darnold is expected to return to the starting job Sunday, though coach Todd Bowles has thus far declined to provide confirmation. Given how poorly Josh McCown played the past three weeks, there isn't much reason to keep Darnold on the bench. It isn't clear whether Bowles is making a poor attempt at gamesmanship or if he truly remains undecided on his Week 14 starter.

December 7, 2018 05:28 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Week 14 start not assured
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold was a full participant in practice Thursday for the second consecutive day, but coach Todd Bowles was unwilling to confirm the rookie as the team's starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Bills, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

On the heels of a three-game absence due to a sprained foot, Darnold's full practices on consecutive days put him on track to suit up this weekend, but Bowles may not reveal the Jets' plans at quarterback until after Friday's session. Despite the lack of a firm commitment from his coach, it would be a surprise if Darnold wasn't ultimately under center Sunday, given the Jets are incentivized to give the No. 3 overall pick as many developmental opportunities as possible over the final quarter of a non-contending campaign. Veteran Josh McCown wasn't any better of an option at quarterback while Darnold was sidelined, completing only 55 percent of his throws for 4.9 yards per attempt and a 1:4 TD:INT over three starts.

December 6, 2018 12:40 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Turns in full practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold (foot) practiced fully Wednesday, Rich Cimini of reports.

As has been reported previously, Darnold -- who has missed three games with a strained foot -- is in line return to action Sunday against the Bills, barring any setbacks. Meanwhile, Josh McCown (back), who had been starting in Darnold's place over the past three games, logged a limited practice Wednesday. The Jets haven't officially named a starter for Week 14, but Darnold's return to practice in full capacity would make it a surprise if he was bypassed for the nod.

December 5, 2018 04:08 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Works ahead of McCown
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Darnold (foot) was the first quarterback to take reps during team drills Wednesday, Rich Cimini of reports.

Cimini previously relayed that barring a setback in practice this week, Darnold -- who has missed three games with a sprained foot -- should return to action Sunday against the Bills. At 3-9, the Jets' playoff hopes have been dashed, but Darnold will look to help his team -- which has lost six straight games -- finish the season on a positive note. Darnold has nowhere to go but up if he plays Sunday, given that he tossed four picks in his last appearance during the Jets' Week 9 loss to the Dolphins.

December 3, 2018 03:08 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: May be limited again
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Coach Todd Bowles said Darnold (foot) may be limited in practice once again Wednesday, Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.

Darnold has been out for four weeks, missing the Jets' past three games due to his foot injury. Bowles said Darnold was essentially healed from his foot injury, but the team was being cautious bringing him back and wanted to ease him into practice as well. Darnold being limited in practice again this week after being limited last week could put him in jeopardy of missing a fourth straight game. Josh McCown has started in Darnold's place and would figure to do so again if the rookie passer is held out Week 14. Rich Cimini of and Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News both expect Darnold to ultimately get the starting nod.

December 3, 2018 01:40 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Deemed healthy by coach
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Coach Todd Bowles admitted after Sunday's 26-22 loss to the Titans that Darnold has essentially healed from his sprained right foot and could be ready to start Week 14 in Buffalo, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports. "He could have played. He just needed more reps," Bowles said of the rookie quarterback. "You just can't bring him back after 14-to-17 days [off]. Even if he's healthy, to not have timing and everything else and put him out there [Sunday] in a game like this. We'll reload this week and see where he is."

Darnold practiced Wednesday through Friday leading up to the contest, but had his activity limited in each session. As a result, Bowles went with Josh McCown as the Jets' starting quarterback for the third straight game, with the offense again sputtering under his direction. Assuming Darnold is able to increase his activity in practices this week and further support Bowles' assertion that he's healthy, expect the signal-caller to end his three-game absence Sunday against the Bills. Darnold has completed just 55 percent of his passes for 6.7 yards per attempt, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions through nine outings, rendering him an unappealing fantasy option in a matchup with a tough Buffalo pass defense.

December 2, 2018 02:36 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Not playing in Week 13
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold (foot) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Titans.

As reports over the previous 24 hours hinted, Darnold won't be ready to make his return to action while he continues to work back from the strained right foot. Josh McCown will draw a third straight start in the rookie's stead, but the Jets maintain optimism that Darnold will be ready to play Week 14 against the Bills. Darnold was a limited participant throughout practices this week, so he would likely need to upgrade to full participation between Wednesday and Friday to bolster his chances of starting versus Buffalo.

December 2, 2018 02:00 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Won't start Week 13
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Darnold (foot) won't start Sunday's game against the Titans, sources tell Rich Cimini of Josh McCown will instead fill in under center for the Jets' third consecutive game.

Cimini's report doesn't indicate whether Darnold will be inactive for the contest or dress as the backup quarterback, but bet on the former given that the team still has another healthy signal-caller in Davis Webb on the 53-man roster. Darnold demonstrated progress in his recovery from the right foot strain by practicing on a limited basis Wednesday through Friday, but the Jets probably aren't eager to take any chances with the No. 3 overall pick amid a non-contending season until they're confident he's 100 percent healthy. The 21-year-old would have a good chance at reclaiming the starting role Week 14 in Buffalo if he's able to complete a full practice beforehand.

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