NFL Insider Weighs in on New York Jets Potentially Drafting Another Qb or Sticking With Sam Darnold

Published 12/23/2020, 9:36 AM EST
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase, left, talks with quarterback Sam Darnold (14) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)


The New York Jets’ win over the LA Rams on Sunday sent shock waves down the entire NFL community. The Jets, who’d lost every game before that, were sitting 0-13 and were the front runners to draft Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft.

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All that changed with the stunning upset they managed to pull off against the Rams. With the Jacksonville Jaguars saddled with a 1-13 record in position to get the first pick, the Jets’ hopes of landing the generational quarterback are rapidly fading.

So what do the Jets do from here on? Do they draft in another highly-rated quarterback, or do they stick with current starter Sam Darnold?

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While the Jets managed to pick up the odd win, changes on the roster are the need of the hour if they want to be more competitive next season.

With a bevy of draft picks at their disposal, the 2021 draft will be the Jets shot at a major rejig. The position that needs some variety is that of the quarterback.

Selected as the 3rd overall pick by the Jets in 2018, Sam Darnold is the current starter for the Jets. Over the 3 seasons that Darnold has played in the NFL, he’s mustered up 7,656 passing yards.

Darnold has managed 42 touchdowns in that span and is a decent option in the pocket for the Jets. However, his output this season has seen a significant drop. Prompting many to feel that a change is needed.

NFL insider Dan Graziano, when asked about the likelihood of the Jets drafting a new QB during a segment of ESPN’s Get Up, said that the situation is not clear yet. Graziano said a bit more clarity might be available in the postseason.

“Not really, because we don’t know who’s going to coach the team yet. And whoever they bring in as head coach, assuming they do make that move, we’ll have input on this decision whether it’s to stay put at two and take Justin fields or Zach Wilson from BYU,” said Graziano.

Is there a future for Darnold at the New York Jets?

Graziano highlighted that with time on his side, the Jets could very well stick with Darnold for 2021. “They could stick with Darnold. He is six months younger than Joe Burrow.

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“It’s not crazy to think that there’s growth potential there and then having two first-round picks and five picks in the first 99 could help them build something around him.

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

“So we have to see who the coach is and what decisions they make about how to proceed in that position, starting with their evaluation of Sam Darnold,” said Graziano. 

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With the regular season winding to a close, the Jets’ future quarterback scenario remains uncertain. Will the Jets draft a new QB or will they stick with Darnold? Only time will tell.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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