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New York Jets: According to Report, Sam Darnold 'Has a Very Fair Shot' of Winning the Job
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6 Aug 2018 05:30 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold (14) and Josh McCown (15). (Image Source: Seth Wenig/AP Photo)

On Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that New York Jets rookie Sam Darnold “has a very fair shot” of being the team’s starting quarterback in Week 1 when they take on the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football.

According to the report, the first-round pick has really impressed the team and appears readier to play than the Jets anticipated.

What needs to happen for Darnold to win the job?

He must continue to make strides throughout training camp, as well as show a heck of a lot more than Christian Hackenberg ever did in preseason games.

The No. 3 overall pick will compete with incumbent starter Josh McCown and free agent addition Teddy Bridgewater.

Take: Whether or not Sam Darnold starts in Week 1 or at any point in his rookie season should be about one thing and one thing only, his development. Whenever the team believes Darnold is ready to run the show he should be the man under center. Josh McCown is a veteran mentor and a placeholder…a placeholder until Darnold is ready. As for Teddy Bridgewater, he has more upside than McCown but once the team called Darnold’s name at the 2018 NFL Draft it was evident that Bridgewater’s time with the Jets would be short. Either way, this is positive news about New York’s first round pick, who is the future of the franchise. If that future begins sooner rather than later, because Darnold in fact wins the job, then all the better.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.

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