Ferguson: Jets Have "Real Shot To Do Something Special"

D’Brickashaw Ferguson believes the Jets can make huge strides in 2019 – and Sam Darnold is a big reason why

Tiki and Tierney
May 13, 2019 - 6:21 pm
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D’Brickashaw Ferguson played 10 years in the NFL, all for the New York Jets. Put another way, he blocked for a lot of, well, not-great quarterbacks, including Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith.

Ferguson, however, made it work. The fourth overall pick in 2006, Ferguson was named to three Pro Bowls and helped the Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship appearances in 2009-10.

“The quarterback position gets a lot of attention, but ultimately it’s a team sport,” Ferguson said in studio on Tiki & Tierney. “I think we’ve had a lot of moving pieces – quarterbacks, coaching – so I really can’t isolate any one position. But I will say is it’s great to have stability. I think stability allows you to do well for a long period of time. This year, with the Jets and some of the moves they’ve made, I think they have a real shot to do something special. They made a lot of changes, but it seems like they have pieces that can last for a long period of time, that they’ve made a huge investment in quarterbacks and running backs. I’m optimistic that maybe that instability that we’ve suffered for many years can kind of change a little bit.”

That optimistic begins with Sam Darnold, the third overall pick in the 2018 Draft. Darnold, 21, threw for 2,865 yards, 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions as a rookie, but showed great promise toward the end of the season. In back-to-back games against the Texans and Packers, he threw for 594 yards, five touchdowns and zero picks.

“He’s shown sparks of ‘This guy can be special,’” Ferguson said. “The one thing the NFL doesn’t give you is a whole lot of time. Everybody wants him to be great today, and regardless of how good he is, he’s going to get better as time progresses as he gets more comfortable in the NFL. As all these new pieces – running backs, coaches – kind of solidify a little bit, I think you’ll be able to see (him blossom).”

The Jets, who have missed the playoffs eight years in a row, open the season at home against Buffalo on Sept. 8.

Click below to listen to Ferguson’s interview in its entirety.