Joe Douglas Opens Up on Sam Darnold Trade and Potential 2021 NFL Draft Prospects

Published 04/06/2021, 5:46 PM EDT
Sep 27, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass the ball in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports


The former University of South Carolina quarterback Sam Darnold parted ways with the New York Jets on Monday. The former 2018 3rd overall pick was traded to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a 2022 2nd round and 4th round pick along with a 2021 6th round pick this summer.

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Dec 20, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) looks to pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 23-year-old endured a tough start to his NFL career thus far. In 38 starts, Darnold has a 13-25-0 for the Jets. He has thrown for 8,000+ yards with 45 passing TDs against 39 interceptions during his 3-year stay in the Big Apple.

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But he will hope to improve on that tally after signing with Matt Rhule’s Carolina Panthers this week.

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New York Jets part ways with Sam Darnold as they prepare for Zach Wilson

Joe Douglas on Steve Young's report that the Jets are "committed" to taking Zach Wilson:

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— Jets Videos (@snyjets) April 6, 2021

Speaking to the press earlier today, New York Jets GM Joe Douglas opened up on his team’s thought process behind making the Sam Darnold call.

He stressed that if the organization had a lower draft pick assigned, they might have stuck with Darnold at least for another year. “Having the No. 2 pick, I think it’s safe to say if our pick was a little bit later we wouldn’t be having this discussion right now.

“We’d be comfortable moving ahead with Sam….(but) ultimately we felt that wouldn’t be the best situation for Sam, the rookie quarterback, coach Saleh, his staff and the locker room,” Douglas said via SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano.

Having said that, Joe Douglas also confirmed that the Jets are closely monitoring the progress of BYU prospect, Zach Wilson. The starry-eyed quarterback threw for 3,692 yards with 33 passing TDs against just 3 interceptions last year. He has reportedly overtaken Justin Fields, Trey Lance, and Mac Jones in quarterback ranking at the upcoming draft.

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But there is still some time left before teams across the league zero in on their respective targets. This could be a crucial season for the new Head Coach, Robert Saleh. Can he kickstart a new era for the Jets with someone like Wilson or Fields? Watch this space for more.

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