Sam Darnold has a mountain of talent
For the people that are already saying that Darnold is garbage, do you watch the games? Do you know who Darnold’s WR1 is? No one who ever actually watches a Jets game will think that Darnold is the primary reason why that team is not winning, but box score watching could easily jade the perception.
NFL players are more than a score at the end of the game or a stat line. A team plays the game, and a quarterback is not nearly enough to take a team from irrelevance to the playoffs after a few below-average draft classes.
Darnold has shown numerous low points, such as the “I’m seeing ghosts” game versus the Patriots, but he has also made incredible throws that hint at an obvious upside.
Sports Center was late with this highlight, as Darnold isn’t the flashiest player in the league, but it shows a play that is on par with the likes of Patrick Mahomes. Darnold has demonstrated that he can put together moments of greatness, but consistency is vital.
Leaving New York is the first step towards seeing more highlights like this one. Darnold will have a much better supporting cast in Tampa Bay, as well as a coach that has consistently developed quarterbacks. It may take some time, but the Bucs have a much greater chance of bringing Sam Darnold to his full potential after a year learning behind Tom Brady.