Sam Darnold Confirms his Commitment to the New York Jets

Published 01/04/2021, 12:21 PM EST
Jan 3, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) looks to pass under pressure from New England Patriots defensive end Chase Winovich (50) during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports


Sam Darnold and the New York Jets had an absolutely horrid campaign this year. The Jets managed to win only 2 games and held a 2-14 record this season, finishing 4th in the AFC East.

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The Jets were one of the worst teams in the NFL, second only to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who finished the season with a 1-15 record.

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold spoke to the press after their loss to the New England Patriots. He addressed the recent sacking of Jets’ Head Coach Adam Gase, calling it sad news.

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Dec 27, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase talks with quarterback Sam Darnold (14) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

However, he solidified his commitment to the franchise and added that he wants to make things right. He expressed confidence in the team’s ability to improve next season.

He said“Very important to me. I said it once I got here I want to be a Jet for life, I want to turn this thing around. I know we can. And I definitely want to stay here, hopefully for the rest of my career.”

Sam Darnold ready to be a Jet for life

Sam Darnold did not have a good season for the Jets. He attempted and completed a career-low in passes; of 364 attempted passes, he only completed 217 passes.

He also threw only 9 touchdowns for the entire season and had a career-high in sacks as well. His numbers were very disappointing this year, given the potential that he has.

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Jan 3, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) heads to the bench during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Darnold entered the NFL in 2018, as the third overall pick in the draft. In his rookie season, he didn’t get off to the strong start that many expected him to. Given how high in the draft he was selected, Darnold’s performances did not warrant the hype that was surrounding him when he entered the league.

In his second season, Darnold showed signs of improvement. His numbers were significantly better than the previous season, and had a much better passing completion rate of 62%, and had an 84.3 quarterback rating – a career best. However, this season saw a significant drop as he and the Jets floundered in the NFL.

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All eyes will be on Darnold as the Jets attempt to redeem themselves. If he can improve his numbers from his past few seasons, he can definitely help the Jets get back into playoff contention next year.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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