Sam Darnold offers Daniel Jones sage advice about playing in New York
Playing professional sports in the glaring spotlight of the New York market isn’t for the squeamish, and Sam Darnold has offered up some words of advice for incoming rookie quarterback Daniel Jones about how to handle things.
Darnold of course arrived on the New York Jets as the immediate, de facto franchise quarterback after being selected as the No. 3 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, which immediately thrust him into the Big Apple spotlight.
Jones, meanwhile, is unlikely to face the enormous amount of pressure Darnold was forced to confront, as it appears the New York Giants will have him serve as Eli Manning’s understudy — at least for the time being — after being taken with No. 6 pick in the draft earlier this year.
That said, Jones already has had to navigate the pitfalls of being a member of a New York team and the high-pressure environment it affords, even before ever taking a snap. With that in mind, Darnold offered up some suggestions concerning how Jones can make things at least somewhat simpler for himself during his rookie year.
“If I were to say anything to Daniel, I’d just say, ‘Keep your head down and work, and be yourself, because if you do that, no one’s gonna say anything about you, and if you don’t make headlines, you’ll be alright,'” Darnold said of Jones, via Steve Serby of the New York Post.
Jones has already experienced a dose of the potential downside of playing in New York when he was booed while attending a game at Yankee Stadium.
That said, the 22-year-old signal-caller out of Duke has given a good accounting of himself by the poise he displayed amid the media scrutiny that surrounded reports that he was poised to prematurely usurp Manning as the Giants’ starting quarterback.
However, a report this week suggests the Giants are not inclined to put too much pressure on Manning’s heir apparent during his rookie campaign. Things obviously can change, but at this point it looks like Jones won’t have to face the same kind of circumstances experienced by Darnold.