Sam Darnold
Sam Darnold
21-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
New York Jets
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Darnold was viewed as a candidate for the No. 1 overall selection in April's draft, but when he fell to the third spot, the Jets were happy to scoop him up with the hope that he might emerge as a franchise savior. Though the Jets re-signed their primary starter from 2017 (Josh McCown) and brought in another accomplished signal-caller in free agency in Teddy Bridgewater, Darnold was given the opportunity to compete for the top job in training camp and quickly made a positive impression in practices and exhibition play. The Jets have yet to officially announce their plans for Week 1, but the team's decision to trade Bridgewater to the Saints on Aug. 29 likely opens the door for Darnold to begin the season as the team's starter. At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Darnold brings ideal size to the position along with a strong arm and good mobility. He can improvise to extend plays and throw accurately on the run, but the knock on him is two-fold: his windup delivery and ball security. Some scouts believe Darnold probably has enough velocity to overcome the extra release time caused by the delivery, but he'll need to improve his decision making to address the latter concern. During his final year at USC, Darnold was responsible for 22 turnovers, including nine lost fumbles. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $30.25 million contract with the Jets in July of 2018.
Caps rookie season with loss
QBNew York Jets
December 30, 2018
Darnold completed 16 of 28 passes for 167 yards while adding a 28-yard carry and losing a fumble in Sunday's 38-3 loss to New England. He finishes the season with 2,865 passing yards and a 17:15 touchdown to interception ratio.
ANALYSIS
Darnold ends his up-and-down rookie season on a down note, though the 28-yard rush was the longest of his career. He should undoubtedly return as the Jets' starting quarterback next season, and the team has oodles of cap space and a high draft pick to surround Darnold with more talent, as the poor play around him noticeably took a toll on the third overall pick's numbers.
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How do Sam Darnold's 2018 advanced stats compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Bad Pass %
    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.
  • Avg Target Depth
    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
  • Sack Rate
    The percentage of dropbacks where the quartback was sacked. The longer the bar below, the more often they are sacked relative to other QBs.
  • Avg Receiver YAC
    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
Bad Pass %
22.5%
 
Avg Target Depth
9.0 Yds
 
Sack Rate
6.8%
 
Avg Receiver YAC
5.4 Yds
 
Receiver Drop %
5.1%
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Sam Darnold's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
225 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.85 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.40 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.96 sec
 
Vertical Jump
26.5 in
 
Broad Jump
105 in
 
Hand Length
9.38 in
 
Arm Length
31.00 in
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Sam Darnold
NFL Barometer: Looking Ahead To 2019
14 days ago
Juan Carlos Blanco wraps up this year's Barometer with a look at whose value could change significantly heading into 2019 drafts, and wonders what Sam Darnold might be capable of in his second year in a more QB-friendly offense.
Gameday Injuries: Week 17
19 days ago
Juan Carlos Blanco guides you through a typically chaotic Week 17 injury report and reports the latest on who's a potential go for the regular-season finales around the league.
NFL Game Previews: Week 17 Matchups
20 days ago
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Exploiting the Matchups: Week 17 Start/Sit
22 days ago
Trust players with playoff stakes on the line in Week 17, including the Eagles' Nick Foles. Luke Hoover has several other competitors in mind.
Weekly Rankings: Week 17 Value Meter
23 days ago
Chris Carson should run wild at home against the Cardinals, assuming that the Seahawks play their starters.
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Career game wasted by poor defense
QBNew York Jets
December 23, 2018
Darnold completed 24 of 35 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns while rushing three times for four yards in Sunday's 44-38 overtime loss to the Packers.
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Comeback bid falls short
QBNew York Jets
December 15, 2018
Darnold completed 24 of 38 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns while rushing six times for 35 yards in Saturday's 29-22 loss to the Texans.
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Logs full practice
QBNew York Jets
December 11, 2018
Darnold (foot) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports.
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Expects to play Saturday
QBNew York Jets
Foot
December 10, 2018
Darnold (foot) and coach Todd Bowles both expect the quarterback to be fine for Saturday's game against the Texans, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
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Toughs out injury in comeback win
QBNew York Jets
December 9, 2018
Darnold completed 16 of 24 passes for 170 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Sunday's 27-23 win over Buffalo. He also rushed for 10 yards on four carries.
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