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January 3, 2021 05:40 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Picked twice in likely NY swan song
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold completed 23 of 34 passes for 266 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Patriots. He added three yards on one rushing attempt in the season finale.

After struggling to move the football for most of the first half, Darnold tied the score at seven apiece with a 21-yard touchdown to Chris Herndon 1:40 before halftime. He was picked off with the game tied at 14 apiece in the third quarter and threw a crucial interception in the end zone to end New York's chances of coming back in the fourth. This pedestrian performance remarkably marked a season high in passing yards for Darnold, who finishes his third NFL season with 2,208 yards and an ugly 9:11 TD:INT in 12 appearances. Given the regression from the third overall pick in the 2018 draft, New York is expected to draft Darnold's replacement with the second overall pick in the upcoming draft.

December 27, 2020 08:32 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Turnover-free in second straight W
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold completed 16 of 32 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Browns. He added 20 yards on seven rushing attempts.

After throwing a key block on a 44-yard Jamison Crowder passing touchdown to Braxton Berrios in the first quarter, Darnold tossed a touchdown pass of his own from 11 yards out to Chris Herndon in the second. The third-year quarterback added a 30-yard touchdown to Crowder to take a 20-3 lead in the third, and the Jets were able to hang on from there. Darnold's TD:INT is still a dreadful 8:9 and he hasn't thrown for more than 230 yards in a game this year, but he has now gone three consecutive games without an interception for the first time since the last three weeks of his rookie season. Keeping that streak alive won't be easy in Week 17 against a Patriots defense that has flummoxed Darnold in previous meetings.

December 20, 2020 09:12 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Shocks Rams for first win of 2020
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold completed 22 of 31 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-20 upset of the Rams. He added 18 rushing yards on five carries.

The former USC Trojan put together a workmanlike performance in his return to Los Angeles, but Darnold avoided making mistakes against a tough Rams defense and did just enough to get the Jets their first win of the season -- and hurt the team's chances of being able to draft Trevor Lawrence to replace him in the process. It was the first time Darnold had topped 200 passing yards since Week 4, giving him some glimmer of momentum heading into Week 16's home tilt against the Browns.

December 13, 2020 09:48 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Sleepy performance in Seattle
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold completed 14 of 26 passes for 132 yards in Sunday's 40-3 loss to the Seahawks.

While the quarterback didn't commit any turnovers, there were no other positives to take away from this performance for Darnold or for the Jets offense as a whole. It's the fifth straight start in which he's failed to throw for at least 200 yards, and Darnold's fantasy outlook doesn't figure to improve in Week 15 on the road against the Rams.

December 6, 2020 04:40 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Three total TDs in heartbreaking L
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold completed 14 of 23 passes for 186 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 31-28 loss to the Raiders. He added three carries for 26 yards and a touchdown, lost two fumbles and threw a two-point conversion.

Darnold threw a pair of first-half touchdowns to Jamison Crowder but also turned it over three times, with an interception and two fumbles. He took better care of the ball in the second half and pulled New York within three with a physical four-yard rushing touchdown followed by a two-point conversion to Denzel Mims. His first attempt at the two-point try was intercepted, but Darnold made the most of a second chance provided by a flag on the defense. Ty Johnson's one-yard rushing score on the ensuing possession put New York up by four in the fourth quarter, but the Jets went 3-and-out with a chance to run out the clock and allowed a 46-yard touchdown to Henry Ruggs with five seconds left to fall to 0-12. Darnold's capable of the occasional big play with his legs but still has a dreadful 5:9 TD:INT heading into a Week 14 trip to Seattle, as this was his first multi-touchdown passing performance of the season.

November 29, 2020 04:44 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Struggles in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold (shoulder) completed 16 of 27 passes for 197 yards and two interceptions while adding nine yards on two rushing attempts in Sunday's 20-3 loss to the Dolphins.

Darnold came out hot in his first action since Week 8, hitting all three of his passes for 60 yards on the opening drive, but New York had to settle for a field goal after a third-down sack. He cooled down from there, as a missed chip-shot field goal and a turnover on downs deep in Miami territory were all the Jets could muster the rest of the way. Darnold has been outplayed by backup Joe Flacco this season -- the third-year quarterback has a dreadful 3:8 TD:INT in seven appearances heading into a Week 13 meeting with the Raiders.

November 27, 2020 04:40 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: To end two-game absence Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold (right shoulder) has been cleared to start Sunday versus the Dolphins, Rich Cimini of reports.

After capping the week with back-to-back full listings on the injury report, Darnold is ready to suit up for the first time since Week 8. In six appearances this season, he's managed to surpass 200 yards twice, but Miami only boasts a mid-tier pass defense (20th, 246.4 yards per game). Having said that, Darnold likely will be without a familiar right tackle, as both George Fant (ankle) and Chuma Edoga (ankle) are doubtful to play Sunday.

November 27, 2020 12:52 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Set to start Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold (shoulder) is expected to start Sunday against the Dolphins, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

The 23-year-old is set to practice without limitations for the second straight day, putting him on track to return from a two-game absence this weekend. Assuming all goes well during Friday's practice, Darnold should avoid an injury designation for Sunday.

November 26, 2020 03:32 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Returns to full practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold (shoulder) practiced fully Thursday, Rich Cimini of reports.

That's an upgrade from the QB's limited participation Wednesday. With a full session under his belt, Darnold -- who last suited up in Week 8 -- is now on track to return to action Sunday against the Dolphins, barring a setback.

November 25, 2020 12:04 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Could return to action Week 12
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Jets head coach Adam Gase said Darnold (shoulder) will be a limited participant at practice Wednesday, Ethan B. Greenberg of the team's official site reports.

That said, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record relays that Darnold is slated to "have a pretty full workload," a positive early sign for the quarterback's chances of putting an end to a two-game absence Sunday against the Dolphins. Before reaching a decision on his status for Week 12, however, the Jets will evaluate Darnold on a day-by-day basis in each of the team's three practices. Joe Flacco would pick up another start Sunday if Darnold can't gain clearance to play.

November 23, 2020 05:56 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Will be evaluated Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Jets are expected to evaluate Darnold (shoulder) on Wednesday before making a decision about his Week 12 availability, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

Darnold hasn't played since Week 8 due to a lingering AC joint injury in his right shoulder, but Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York has reported that coach Adam Gase said the young signal-caller has a "good shot" to return against Miami on Sunday. It sounds like the Jets are satisfied with how Darnold has progressed in his throwing routine, per Vacchiano, but the team remains concerned about re-injury. As Rich Cimini of notes, Darnold said Monday that a worst-case scenario for aggravating his shoulder would be another 2-to-3-week absence.

November 22, 2020 02:48 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Remains sidelined Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold (shoulder) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

With Darnold still sidelined, Joe Flacco -- who threw for season highs in yards (262) and touchdowns (three) in the Jets' loss to the Patriots in Week 9 - will log the start Sunday against the Chargers. Looking ahead, coach Adam Gase noted Friday that Darnold has a "good shot" to return to action in Week 12 against the Dolphins, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

November 20, 2020 06:32 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Doubtful for Week 11
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold (shoulder) is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Darnold hasn't practiced all week, so while he's not officially ruled out, he doesn't seem to have much hope of suiting up, even as an emergency backup. With Darnold on the mend from the shoulder injury, Joe Flacco -- who threw for season highs in yards (262) and touchdowns (three) in a Week 9 loss to the Patriots -- is in line to start against the struggling Los Angeles defense.

November 20, 2020 06:28 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Could be back Week 12
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Adam Gase said Friday that Darnold (shoulder) has a "good shot" to return to action the Jets' Week 12 game against the Dolphins, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports .

Darnold has already been ruled out ahead of Sunday's game against the Chargers due to a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, paving the way for Joe Flacco to draw another start. The 23-year-old is trending in the right direction for Week 12, but his activity in practice next week will ultimately dictate whether or not he's fit to play. Darnold has just 1,045 passing yards and a 3:6 TD:INT through six appearances.

November 16, 2020 05:24 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Confident he'll return this season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold (shoulder) said Monday that he's "very confident" he will retake the field before the end of the 2020 season, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

Per Al Iannazzone of Newsday, Darnold is nursing an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder, the severity of which will cause him to sit out Sunday's game against the Chargers. That will represent Darnold's second straight missed game and his fourth absence of the year. Rich Cimini of notes that the Jets don't consider Darnold a candidate for IR and that the team has labeled him week-to-week. In the meantime, Joe Flacco will command the Jets offense.

November 16, 2020 05:20 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Will miss another game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold (shoulder) won't suit up in Sunday's game versus the Chargers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The Jets are exercising caution as the 23-year-old quarterback recovers from a shoulder injury that he picked up Week 8. According to Rich Cimini of, coach Adam Gase said the team is "cautiously optimistic" that Darnold will return Week 12 against the Dolphins, adding that he's week-to-week and IR is not on the table at this time. Until Darnold returns, Joe Flacco is expected to start under center for the Jets.

November 13, 2020 05:40 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Expected back after bye
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold (shoulder) is expected to return Week 11 against the Chargers, and he'll have his top three wide receivers all healthy at once for the first time all season barring any setbacks, Andy Vasquez of reports.

Darnold missed the team's Week 9 loss to New England, but the benefit of a well-timed bye Week 10 is expected to provide enough time for his latest shoulder injury to heal. Backup quarterback Joe Flacco benefited from having all three of Jamison Crowder, Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims healthy at once for the first time, leading the offense to nine plays of 15-plus yards en route to a near-upset of the Patriots. Darnold hasn't had a game with more than five such plays this season, but he has the skill set to outperform Flacco with a full complement of weapons and will need to do so for the Jets to pick up that elusive first win.

November 10, 2020 01:04 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Labels self day-to-day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold said Tuesday that his sore throwing shoulder is improving, but he labeled himself as day-to-day heading into the Jets' Week 10 bye, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.

Coming out of a Week 8 loss to Kansas City, Darnold's right shoulder didn't respond as well as the Jets had hoped, prompting head coach Adam Gase to rule the signal-caller out ahead of Monday's game against the Patriots. Joe Flacco drew his third start of the season and performed well in the Jets' 30-27 loss, but Darnold will remain atop the depth chart heading into a Nov. 22 game against the Chargers if his shoulder cooperates. Darnold admitted that he has yet to outline a throwing or rehab regimen while the Jets are on bye, so his status for Week 11 may not gain clarity until the team holds its next formal practice Nov. 18.

November 9, 2020 06:56 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Sitting out Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold (shoulder) is inactive for Monday night's game against the Patriots.

As a result, Joe Flacco is slated to draw the start at QB for the Jets on Monday, while Darnold will look to take advantage of the Jets' Week 10 bye in order to heal up and hopefully reenter the lineup in the team's Nov. 22 road game against the Chargers.

November 7, 2020 02:32 PM
Jets' Sam Darnold: Listed as doubtful
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Darnold (shoulder) will not practice Saturday and is listed as doubtful for Monday's contest against the Patriots, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

Darnold appeared to suffer some sort of setback after testing out his injured throwing shoulder earlier this week in practice. As a result, it seems like a foregone conclusion Joe Flacco will make his third start of the season. Through two games, the veteran Flacco has completed just over 50 percent of his passes for 381 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

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