Jets LB: Sam Darnold Is What You Need At Quarterback

Avery Williamson has been impressed with Darnold's poise and work ethic

The DA Show
October 17, 2018 - 11:54 am

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The New York Jets have to be pleased with Sam Darnold. Six games into his NFL career, the No. 3 overall pick has completing almost 60 percent of his passes for 1,346 yards, nine touchdowns and seven interceptions.

What is Darnold’s best attribute?

“If I could have two, I would say poise and hard work,” Jets linebacker Avery Williamson said in studio on The DA Show. “I’m not around him 24/7, but seeing him on the practice field, I feel like just talking to him when I do, I can tell that he’s definitely keeping his head down and grinding. That’s what you need in a quarterback, especially being young. There’s a lot of distractions, especially being in this city. I feel like he’s handling it well. Even when things go bad, he doesn’t get flustered. He doesn’t let it get to him.”

The Jets (3-3) won their season-opener at Detroit before losing three in a row to the Dolphins, Browns and Jaguars. They have responded, however, with back-to-back wins over the Broncos and Colts. Darnold combined for 478 passing yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions in those wins.

The Jets rank 11th in scoring offense (27.5 points per game) and 13th in scoring defense (23.2 points per game allowed).

Williamson, who spent the first four years of his career with the Titans, signed a three-year, $22.5 million deal with the Jets in March.

“I was embracing it, but I also knew there was going to be pressure,” Williamson said of playing in New York. “It was the biggest contract I ever signed, and I knew that it’s going to be a lot of people depending on me to really make plays. So I had my worries: Am I going to be able to live up to what they expect from me? I just made sure I just worked hard and had a good offseason, just made sure I wasn’t just satisfied with signing the deal. I want to make sure I studied my plays and learned the defense as much as possible. After that, just getting out there and doing it.”

The Jets host the Vikings (3-2-1) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.