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Jets' 2018 Season, Sam Darnold's Career Set to Kick Off

11 September, 2018, 14:46 | Author: Delia Walker
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The Jets' other starting rookie is from Ajax, Ont. - defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd, from a small NCAA Division II university in Kansas, Fort Hays State who burst onto the NFL's pre-draft radar last January with dominating performances at Senior Bowl practices. Darron Lee returned an interception for a touchdown, and Andre Roberts scored on a 78-yard punt return 67 seconds later.

The Jets even got defensive and special teams touchdowns, something that happens about as often as a Bowles belly laugh.

Darnold, the youngest quarterback starter since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, overcame a pick-6 (an interception returned for a touchdown) on his first pass attempt when he elected to roll to his right and throw across the field on his first snap.

It was a night to forget for Lions veteran Matthew Stafford, who made 27 of 46 for 286 yards but was intercepted four times.

I expect Darnold to play smart, but somewhat conservative football.

Darnold couldn't possibly have scripted a worse start to his National Football League career, and you won't be surprised to see that Twitter showed him no sympathy. On his first play from scrimmage, he threw an interception that Quandre Diggs returned 37 yards for a touchdown. If Darnold hits Robby Anderson for a big-gainer or just milks the side of the field where Slay is not, the Jets and a mobile Darnold are more than capable of keeping Detroit on its heels.




Darnold is the first quarterback to throw a pick-six on his first career pass since Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston did so against the Titans in 2015.

The Jets dominated in all phases.

And if the Lions come out with unfamiliar packages to confuse Darnold, Bowles said the Jets will just adjust. Big-ticket CB Trumaine Johnson joins CB Mo Claiborne, S Jamal Adams (but no Marcus Maye also due to injury) and a secondary that is billing itself as "New Jack City".

His first play on Monday night in Detroit wasn't exactly taking a chance. Darnold flipped the ball to a referee after the final kneel down, and the official gave it right back before shaking the rookie's hand. NY completely buried the Lions in Detroit on Monday Night Football, and the exact moment it ended can be traced back to the third quarter.

Then they piled it on in the second half.

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