Right after a promising four-activity stretch at the finish of his 2018 rookie year, Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was primed for a breakout in 2019. Buoyed by offensive-minded head mentor Adam Gase and the free of charge-agent signings of managing back again Le’Veon Bell and linebacker C.J. Mosley, New York appeared capable of a return to relevancy.
But the Jets misplaced their initially four game titles en route to 7-9 complete, Darnold skipped a few game titles with mono, and the offense cratered (32nd in NFL). Only 22, Darnold confirmed flashes of expertise that compelled the Jets to pick him with the 3rd over-all select in the 2018 Draft, but he didn’t make a substantial leap from Year 1 to 2.
And so questions about Darnold continue being: Is he as mediocre as former Jets QBs Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith? Or does he have franchise quarterback possible?
To solution these issues, I viewed All-22 angles of each individual participate in from Darnold’s 2019 season, grading each a single (excluding handoffs) to gauge his correct overall overall performance. By getting into account drops, force, toss problems, ball placement, down/distance, recreation problem and conclusion-producing (did the quarterback pick out the finest alternative readily available?), we get a much better analysis of the quarterback’s real effectiveness than from a box rating.
I scored each individual one particular of Darnold’s plays on a -to-10 scale. An common perform (display passes, throwaways) been given a 5, a brutal enjoy (terrible turnovers or must-be turnovers) acquired a , and the ideal engage in (flawlessly placed throws into limited windows beneath weighty tension) warranted a 10. Most performs drop somewhere in the center, with “plus” attempts scoring previously mentioned 5 and “minus” attempts down below. Every game’s ultimate score was scaled from -100, with 50 becoming regular.
Let us dig into Darnold’s 2019 year.
Best Recreation: Week 6 vs. Cowboys (74.8 grade)
With Darnold out with mono, the Jets’ offense averaged 3.3 points and New York went -3, shedding by an ordinary of 20.3 factors. In his return, the offense appeared revitalized and moved the ball ease in opposition to a stable Cowboys protection.
Darnold appeared comfortable, acquired the ball out promptly, and consistently created the correct selections. A lot of of his ideal throws have been on challenging performs — wheel routes, back again-shoulder throws, deep nine routes.
The crown jewel of Darnold’s overall performance was this 92-yard landing bomb to Robby Anderson. In do so, he became the youngest quarterback in league background with a completion of 90-plus yards (22 yrs, 130 days).
Darnold does a excellent position stepping up from the edge tension and keeping his eyes downfield. As heat will come from the inside, Darnold stays poised, accepting the likelihood of a hit, as he sets himself and totally actions into the throw. Darnold’s throw hits Anderson in great stride. That is excellent wherewithal, pocket existence, toughness, arm power and contact by the USC solution.