Jets Reporter Compares Darnold To Wentz, Goff

Connor Hughes outlined what Jets fans can expect from Sam Darnold in Year 2

Taz and the Moose
July 24, 2019 - 9:22 am
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Sam Darnold had an up-and-down rookie season. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft completed 57.7 percent of his passes for 2,865 yards, 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

Jets reporter Connor Hughes expects better production from Darnold in Year 2.

“You've got to compare it to other second-year quarterbacks in the NFL,” Hughes said on Taz & The Moose. “Obviously there was Mitch Trubisky, who took a pretty big jump in his second year with the Bears, but I think the two guys that I kind of go to more than anything else in comparison are Carson Wentz and Jared Goff. Those were guys that you saw promising things their rookie years and building-block things their first years, and you saw those same things with Sam Darnold, especially the final quarter of last year. When those two guys got into their second seasons, got comfortable with their coaches, got comfortable with the players around them, they really ascended to that next level. 

“I don’t know if Sam Darnold is going to have the same type of year that Wentz did,” Hughes continued. “Before he got hurt in 2017, the guy was arguably going to be the MVP of the league. I don’t know if Sam Darnold is going to do that, but I think he’ll start to inch closer and closer to being the franchise quarterback that the Jets believe he is.”

The Jets, who went 4-12 last season and haven’t made the playoffs since 2010, surrounded Darnold with weapons this offseason. In addition to upgrading the offensive line, they added Le’Veon Bell and Jamison Crowder, among others, to an offense that already boasted Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa, who are young and still developing.

“This is all set up for Sam to take that next step,” Hughes said. “I think all signs point toward him doing that.”

Click below to listen to Hughes’ interview in its entirety.