Sam Darnold

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  1. Extra Point

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    Sam Darnold was drafted by the Jets with the number 3 overall pick in the 2018 draft. He had a successful career at USC and carried the team on his back for two seasons.

    Most analysts had a high opinion of Darnold before the draft. He has every chance of developing into a franchise quarterback.
     
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    There were discussions in the media about Darnold's arm strength before the draft. Some said it wasn't particularly strong while others, like Mike Mayock, said he had plus arm strength. It seemed OK to me, but nothing special, but I'm no expert.

    There was no radar gun measurement of Darnold's arm strength at the Combine because Darnold didn't throw at the Combine. It was suggested by some that Darnold didn't throw at the Combine to cover up a weak arm.

    What's everyone's opinion of Darnold's arm strength? Weak? Strong? I'm interested in everyone's opinion.
     
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    Watching him play at USC, his arm strength seemed fine. My concerns with Darnold is that he was very streaky. At times he was amazing, then he would play poorly and make bad reads, SMH-bad reads. His supporting crew also played somewhat unevenly, so it can't all be laid on Darnold's shoulders though. I'm hoping the coaching and Jets teammates can bring out the "good" Sam Darnold and he can shine.
     
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    Darnold's arm strength is fine. I caught probably 80% of the USC games and he carried that team this past season. The line wasn't good and the skill position players weren't that great either. I felt he could of used another season at USC to get some more starts but overall his demeanor, athleticism, ability all point to him being a successful NFL player. Out of the top 4 QBs I feel that Darnold and Allen both had the best mentality and ability to handle the pressures of the NFL spotlight.
     
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    Darnold just turned 21. I wonder if his arm is as strong as it's going to get or will it get significantly stronger as he gets older?
     
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    After training camp and 2 regular season games Darnold looks like the real deal. His first regular season game he looked good. In his second he was up and down.

    Some football people, such as Tony Romo, think he's going to be a very good player in the league. I know before the draft Troy Aikman and Kurt Warner said he was the best quarterback in the draft. Romo was a pro bowler. Aikman and Warner are in the Hall of Fame. They know something about quarterbacks.
     
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    Darnold faces the Cleveland Browns good defense tonight. It will be an interesting test for him because the Browns blitz a lot.

    Darnold already looks as if he'll be a franchise quarterback. It's too bad Baker Mayfield isn't starting for the Browns. I think he also will be a franchise quarterback. These two men are going to be around for a long time.
     
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    Before the draft Hall of Fame quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Kurt Warner said that Darnold was who they would take with the number one overall pick. Longtime NFL quarterbacks Trent Dilfer and Dan Orlovsky said the same thing.

    After six games Darnold has shown every indication that he will be a franchise quarterback. And he's improving rapidly.
     
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    Hard to say whether Darnold or Mayfield will be better at this stage. Both have shown flashes of brilliance and have been overall very good to bring the Jets to 3-3 and the Browns to 2-3-1 (could easily be 5-1 with some better kicking and better refereeing against the raiders). I’d have to give Mayfield the edge on performance so far but Darnold has tremendous upside.
     
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    Both Darnold and Mayfield look like the real deal. Because they were both drafted high and close to each other they will be often compared. They both look like future franchise quarterbacks and the Browns and Jets have to be real happy about things.

    Mayfield looks a little bit better than Darnold so far but they both look good.
     
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    Clearly the Jets coach should be fired (possibly they could have done it at half time yesterday). But I think they won't get rid of him until the year is over because the Browns already got rid of a black coach and to get rid of another black coach during the season wouldn't look good. So, he'll stay until it's all over. All you have to see is the dumb, blank stare on his face and you know he's not up to the job.
     

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