In the 2018 NFL draft the New York Jets had the third overall pick because their season record was five wins, and five losses, which in my opinion is horrible. With this pick they decided to draft Sam Darnold as their franchise quarterback.
During his first season with the NFL, he threw for 2,865 yards, completed 239 passes and threw for 17 touchdowns in 2018. In 2019 his numbers increased, throwing for 3,024 yards, completing 273 passes, and throwing 19 passes. But this did not allow him to become the best quarterback in his division. That was because not only did he have mono, he also had to compete with Tom Brady in New England, Josh Allen in Buffalo and Ryan Fitzpatrick in Miami. Now that Tom Brady has left the AFC East to go to the NFC South, is there a possibility for Sam Darnold to shine bright with his New York Jets? And, what does it mean for the rest of the AFC East?
What’s Next For Sam Darnold and the New York Jets
I think the next thing that will happen for Sam Darnold in his third year is that he will become the player he was meant to be when he was originally signed. With this year’s offseason being very weird due to COVID-19, and regular season games starting in September, and realizing this could be the weirdest season played in the history of the NFL ever, it will be Darnold’s job to get everyone on the offense ready since he is a key player, as well as a team leader. I think he could potential be one of the best quarterbacks in the AFC East.
What will Happen to The Rest Of the AFC East
Since Tom Brady decided to leave the New England Patriots to go to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and took Rob Gronkowski with him, there could possibly be a new leader in the AFC East – possibly the Buffalo Bills with Josh Allen, or the New York Jets with Sam Darnold. Here’s why – I think that the Bills are ready for something like that because they have a lot of trust in Josh Allen that he could take the Bills to a divisional playoff game, since they now have one of the best receivers in the NFL, Stefon Diggs.
The Jets could take it if Sam Darnold plays like the pro he is and leads his team to a few victories this season. This could parlay into a wildcard playoff spot, or a divisional playoff spot. I think this is possible because of the new rule passed this off season saying that there will be fourteen teams in the playoffs instead of twelve.
Whatever happens, keep your eyes on Darnold. I think he is going to surprise everyone.