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.
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.
Coach Todd Bowles hasn't officially named a starter, but ESPN.com's Rich Cimini has no doubt Darnold will get the nod Week 1 in Detroit.
With Teddy Bridgewater traded to New Orleans on Wednesday and Josh McCown starting Thursday's preseason finale against Philadelphia, the Jets haven't exactly made an effort to hide their intention of starting Darnold. The team still hasn't actually come out and said it, but there's a consensus among Jets beat reporters that a decision has already been made. Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News and Brian Costello of the NY Post agree with Cimini that all signs point to Darnold getting the Week 1 start.
The Jets have yet to confirm that Darnold will be their Week 1 starter, but with Bridgewater no longer in the mix, it looks as though the rookie is in a strong position to get the nod, with veteran Josh McCown in line to back him up.
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