Sam Darnold hopes to end season with ‘as much momentum’ as possible
Sam Darnold is hoping to use the season’s final three games as a jump start on the New York Jets’ preparations for 2019.
“I think it’s huge, just trying to get as much momentum as we can going into next season,” Darnold said after practice Tuesday, via the New York Post. “I think it will be huge for this team and really awesome for us to build off of a good end to the season.
“But for me, I think it’s just staying consistent. That’s the biggest word for me these next few games is just being a solid quarterback and someone who’s able to move fast through his progressions and just stay consistent with that, but also able to make plays when they’re there.”
Injuries have somewhat derailed Darnold’s rookie campaign after the Jets took him with the third overall pick. Appearing in 10 of the Jets’ 13 games, Darnold has posted a 4-6 record while completing 55.9 percent of his passes for 2,104 yards to go along with 12 touchdowns to 15 interceptions and a 69.5 rating.
Growing pains obviously are to be expected with rookie quarterbacks, but Darnold has nevertheless shown flashes of potential. The Jets, however, could be facing an offseason that includes significant changes, including a decision on whether or not to retain Todd Bowles and his staff. Darnold nevertheless will be part of the organization’s long-term plans.
“I feel like I’ve progressed a lot, but at the same time there’s a lot of room to grow,” Darnold said. “I’m going to try to get as much experience as I can, as many game reps as I can, to get better.
“I always say I’m taking it one game at a time, but at the same time I do think about where I’m gonna be at in a year from now. And I’m real excited about where I can go from here. I’m just really optimistic about the future.”
The Jets (4-9) face the Texans and Packers at home over the next two weeks before closing out their 2018 campaign with a road game against the Patriots.