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Sam Darnold

Sam Darnold

Quarterback #14
ADP:Round: 14, Pick: 5
Team: New York Jets
Ht / Wt:6'3" / 221 lb.
College:Southern Cal
Born:June 5, 1997
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 1 (3)
Draft Team:NYJ

Sam Darnold: Strong second half of second season

Darnold completed 23 of 36 passes for 199 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday's 13-6 win over Buffalo. He also finished with minus-2 yards on three rushing attempts.

Analysis: Darnold broke a 3-3 tie with a one-yard touchdown to Jamison Crowder early in the fourth quarter, bringing his season TD:INT to 19:13. The second-year quarterback also cleared the 3,000-yard mark, finishing with 3,024 despite missing three games due to mononucleosis. Darnold showed excellent progress in the second half of the season, leading the Jets to a 6-2 record down the stretch while compiling a 13:4 TD:INT over those final eight games. The third overall selection from the 2018 draft is locked in as the Jets' starting quarterback heading into next season, and his strong finish should give the team plenty of optimism.

December 29, 2019 2:51 PM EST

Sam Darnold: Early TD enough in low-scoring win

Darnold completed 16 of 26 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 16-10 win over Pittsburgh. He added three yards on four carries and fumbled three times, losing one.

Analysis: Darnold capped the opening drive with a 23-yard touchdown to Robby Anderson, but the second-year quarterback went quiet after that in what turned into a defensive battle. His lost fumble in the final minute of the first half was a costly one, as Pittsburgh turned it into a touchdown three plays later. Darnold has compiled an 18:12 TD:INT in 12 games played heading into the Week 17 season finale in Buffalo.

December 22, 2019 2:23 PM EST

Sam Darnold: Pair of TDs in defeat

Darnold completed 18 of 32 passes for 218 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Jets' 42-21 loss to the Ravens on Thursday. He also rushed once for 11 yards and lost a fumble.

Analysis: Darnold put together a serviceable fantasy night while playing under less-than-ideal circumstances against an aggressive Ravens defense. The second-year quarterback's two turnovers certainly didn't help the Jets' cause in a game in which they already faced long odds, but from a fantasy perspective, Darnold's fourth multi-touchdown effort over the last five games certainly had to please managers who rostered him in their playoff games. Darnold will look to continue putting together a strong finish to his sophomore campaign in a Week 16 battle against the Steelers a week from Sunday.

December 12, 2019 9:34 PM EST

Sam Darnold: Does just enough to beat Miami

Darnold completed 20 of 36 passes for 270 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 22-21 win over Miami. He added three carries for three yards.

Analysis: Darnold threw a 26-yard touchdown to Robby Anderson and a 14-yarder to Demaryius Thomas, both in the second quarter. He also drove the offense down the field for a game-winning field goal as time expired, taking over down 21-19 with 1:33 to go. The second-year quarterback has compiled an 8:2 TD:INT against some subpar competition over the past four weeks, but the opponent difficulty will rise dramatically in Week 15, as the Jets have a quick turnaround Thursday in Baltimore.

December 8, 2019 3:43 PM EST

Sam Darnold: Prcatices fully

Darnold (knee/left thumb) practiced fully Wednesday.

Analysis: Darnold's a little banged up in advance of Sunday's game against the 3-9 Dolphins, but his full practice participation Wednesday signals that his Week 14 status is not in doubt. Darnold -- who had built up some positive momentum in Weeks 11 and 12 -- will thus look to bounce back from his 239-yard, zero TD effort in this past Sunday's 22-6 loss to the previously winless Bengals,

December 4, 2019 2:03 PM EST

Sam Darnold: Dealing with pair of injuries

Darnold emerged from Sunday's 22-6 loss at Cincinnati with a knee injury and bruised ribs, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Darnold incurred four sacks and nine quarterback hits en route to 28-for-48 passing, 239 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. Near the end of the contest, he was seen with a visible limp, which he chalked up as a foot injury, per Olivia Landis of the Jets' official site. Coach Adam Gase clarified Darnold's health concerns Monday but also stated he expects the second-year signal-caller to be "fine." Wednesday's injury report will reveal how much Darnold was able to practice to kick off Week 14 prep.

December 2, 2019 11:29 AM EST

Sam Darnold: Momentum stunted in loss

Darnold completed 28 of 48 passes for 239 yards without a touchdown or turnover in Sunday's 22-6 loss to Cincinnati. He added nine yards on two rushing attempts.

Analysis: Darnold played better than his numbers showed, but the Jets were plagued by key drops throughout this one, including one by Robby Anderson in the end zone. Nonetheless, this is a major letdown for the second-year quarterback after he had built up momentum with a 6:1 TD:INT and a rushing touchdown over the previous two games. Darnold was limping late in the game but said his foot got stepped on and that he'll be fine moving forward. Given his recent ups and downs, Darnold will be a low-floor, high-ceiling option when the Dolphins come to town in Week 14.

December 1, 2019 2:52 PM EST

Sam Darnold: Back-to-back stellar showings

Darnold completed 20 of 29 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 34-3 win over the Raiders. He also rushed four times for 16 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: For the second time in three games, Darnold kept the ball on an option play near the goal line for a rushing score, with this one coming from four yards out in the second quarter. His first pass of the second half went 69 yards to Braxton Berrios, and Darnold tossed a one-yard touchdown to Ryan Griffin on the next play before adding another one-yard touchdown to Robby Anderson to cap the following drive. With 608 yards and a 6:1 TD:INT through the air plus a rushing score in the past two weeks, Darnold has worked his way onto the Week 13 QB1 radar given his juicy matchup against the 0-11 Bengals.

November 24, 2019 3:38 PM EST

Sam Darnold: Throws four touchdowns

Darnold completed 19 of 30 passes for 293 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in Week 11 against the Redskins.

Analysis: Darnold worked very efficiently, needing only 30 pass attempts to post his highest-yardage total since Week 6. He also hit on four touchdowns from 20, six, 16 and 19 yards to post a single-game career-best mark. Though positive matchups may explain much of his production, Darnold has now completed 65 of 99 attempts for 783 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions across his last three contests. He'll look to keep things going with another exploitable opponent as the Jets will travel to Cincinnati in Week 12.

November 17, 2019 5:23 PM EST

Sam Darnold: Looks sharp in return

Darnold completed 23 of 32 passes for 338 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 24-22 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: Darnold added five carries for one yard, including three kneel-downs at the end of the game. His return from a three-game absence proved crucial for Robby Anderson, who had season highs for targets (eight), catches (five) and yards (125), with his first TD of the year coming from 92 yards out -- the longest pass play in the NFL in 2019. Jamison Crowder also had a big day, catching six of nine targets for 98 yards. Darnold gets a bigger challenge Week 7, with the Jets playing host to the Patriots in the Monday night game.

October 14, 2019 6:58 AM EST

Sam Darnold: Cleared to start Week 6

Darnold (illness) has received full medical clearance to resume playing and will start Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Eric Allen of the Jets' official site reports.

Analysis: The Jets had been optimistic that Darnold would be ready to go this past weekend for their eventual loss to the Eagles, but the quarterback ended up missing a third straight game after the team's medical staff ruled that he was at too much risk to play in the contest. With Darnold having since regained stamina following his bout with mononucleosis and earning clearance from doctors, he should take all the first-team reps in practice this week as he prepares for his first action since the season-opening loss to the Bills. Luke Falk will slide into the No. 2 quarterback role following a pair of starts.

October 8, 2019 9:01 AM EST

Sam Darnold: Undergoing testing Tuesday

Darnold (illness) will undergo testing Tuesday to help determine his status for Week 6, Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.

Analysis: Coach Adam Gase said the young quarterback will start Sunday's game against the Cowboys if he's medically cleared. Darnold took first-team reps last week and appeared on track to play, but he was ultimately ruled out after undergoing tests Friday that deemed it was too risky to play. The Jets have managed only 23 points over the last three games with Darnold sidelined.

October 7, 2019 11:32 AM EST

Sam Darnold: Will not return this week

Darnold has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Analysis: Darnold was able to get in a couple limited practice sessions this week, but he expressed concern about playing if he was not deemed 100 percent, and exams performed by the Jets' medical staff revealed he is still at too much risk to play, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York. Darnold was close to playing this week, and it seems if his chances of returning in Week 6 against the Cowboys will be even better with an additional week of recovery time. With Darnold still out, Luke Falk will get the start at quarterback against the Eagles.

October 4, 2019 7:48 AM EST

Sam Darnold: Remains limited, undergoing tests Friday

Darnold (illness) remained limited at practice Thursday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Per Rich Cimini of ESPN.com, Darnold is feeling good and hopes to gain clearance to play Sunday against the Eagles. To that end, the QB is slated to take "final medical tests" Friday, "which entails (a) sonogram and blood test." The results of the tests will be the determining factor with regard to Darnold's Week 5 status. If he does play, Cimini relays that the signal caller "has been fitted for a special pad to protect his spleen."

October 3, 2019 1:58 PM EST

Sam Darnold: Logs limited practice

Darnold (illness) was officially listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: Per Randy Lange of the team's official site, Darnold's effort during Wednesday's non-contact context caught the eye of both Jamison Crowder and Robby Anderson, a pair of the QB's key targets. "I thought he looked pretty good," Crowder noted, with Anderson adding "he looks like he's good. He's confident." While Wednesday's practice is a good start, ESPN's Rich Cimini relays that Darnold still isn't considered a lock to play Sunday against the Eagles, with a determination on that front not likely to arrive until later in the week.

October 2, 2019 2:14 PM EST

Sam Darnold: Cleared for limited practice

Darnold (illness) will return to practice Wednesday, increasing his cardio activity, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Although he hasn't been cleared for contact, Darnold is taking a major step forward as he works his way back from mononucleosis, an illness that often causes fatigue even after other symptoms have diminished. Coach Adam Gase said the Jets could wait until Sunday morning to make a final decision on Darnold's availability for a 1:00 p.m. ET game in Philadelphia. The quarterback presumably will be listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's injury report.

October 2, 2019 8:11 AM EST

Sam Darnold: Cleared for non-contact drills

Coach Adam Gase relayed Monday that Darnold (illness) has been cleared for non-contact drills and is ready to resume throwing, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: While that's a step in the right direction for Darnold, who has been dealing with a case of mononucleosis, Gase acknowledged that it's still a "question mark" with regard to the QB's chances of playing Sunday against the Eagles. Per Costello, Darnold is pressing to play in Week 5, but if he isn't cleared to play this weekend, Luke Falk would be in line to draw another start at QB for the Jets.

September 30, 2019 9:44 AM EST

Sam Darnold: Slated for tests Monday

Darnold, who has been dealing with a case of mononucleosis, is slated to undergo tests on his spleen Monday, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Per the report, if the test results are favorable the QB can resume practicing and working out. If that's the case, Darnold, whose physical activity has been limited through his recovery, will have a chance to return to action as soon as Week 5's contest against the Eagles.

September 29, 2019 7:38 AM EST

Sam Darnold: On track for Week 5

Coach Adam Gase said Monday that Darnold (mono) underwent tests and is trending in the right direction to return to practice ahead of Week 5's tilt versus the Eagles, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: Darnold is now able to resume cardio exercises, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post, and he's targeting a return to practice Oct. 2. The second-year signal caller has not yet received medical clearance and still appears to be dealing with an enlarged spleen, but he's making encouraging progress. The Jets are on bye Week 4.

September 23, 2019 11:49 AM EST

Sam Darnold: Expects to be ready in Week 5

Darnold (mono) has "full confidence" he will be ready to play in Week 5 against the Eagles, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Darnold won't travel to New England for Sunday's game against the Patriots, but the QB aims to be cleared to do some light running during the Jets' Week 4 bye. The report adds that Darnold confirmed Wednesday that his spleen remains enlarged at this stage. However, it still appears as though he may only have to miss one more game if all goes as hoped. In his absence, Luke Falk will be the team's starting QB in Week 3.

September 18, 2019 1:59 PM EST

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