“They’re Still Evaluating” – NFL Insider Gives Latest Update on Jets QB Sam Darnold

Published 02/13/2021, 9:25 AM 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 arrived in New York as the third-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft behind Baker Mayfield. He was drafted ahead of the likes of Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, and even 2019 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson.

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He was expected to be the ‘chosen one’ to guide the New York Jets to another Super Bowl in the coming years. But things have not gone as per plan for the 23-year-old quarterback.

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

The former USC quarterback led the Jets to a 2-14 record in 2020. They finished at the bottom of the AFC East as HC Adam Gase was relieved of his duties after yet another poor showing in the league.

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The Jets own the second overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft. With Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields up for grabs, is Sam Darnold’s time in the Big Apple coming to a swift end?

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Will Sam Darnold remain with the Jets heading into the 2021 NFL season?

NFL insider Ian Rapoport made an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show earlier today. He was asked to comment on the trade situation surrounding Darnold. Here’s what he replied.

Rapoport said, “He’s been a starter for three years, and I honestly have no earthly idea what he is made. So I mean, and so when I say they know it is what I mean is they have no idea what it is. But what they’re trying to do is they’re trying to figure out like, does his upside match with someone they could drop?”

Dec 20, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) tries to run away from Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald (99) during the third quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

“My guess is, my guess is they end up trading him because you can’t pass up a quarterback who would be the second-best quarterback. And they’ll probably be able to get a late one early to form and I think he’s going to be a hot commodity in the trade market. If that does happen,” Rapoport said on the show.

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In three seasons with the Jets, Sam Darnold has a 13-25 record in the NFL. He has thrown for 8,097 passing yards with 45 passing touchdowns.

He boasts a pass completion rate of 59.8 and could interest some NFL teams looking for a young quarterback for short-term growth. Watch this space for more.

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