Sam Darnold – Jets
Another player who has been inconsistent throughout his career is Sam Darnold. Career should probably not be the word since he has only played two seasons and missed time in 2019 due to a bout with mono. That said, Darnold was expected to be better. The Jets drafted him third overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. He was the second quarterback selected (Baker Mayfield went first overall).
Just like Mayfield, I dove into why Mitchell Trubisky has been better than Darnold too. Also like Mayfield, Darnold does not get the flack like Trubisky seems to get from the media. Outside of the “I am seeing ghosts” joke that went around for a short time last season, Darnold is still viewed as a young quarterback with plenty of potential. His age could be a factor, but he only has one less season than Trubisky and experience should matter more at this point.
Over his career, Darnold has less than a 60 percent completion percentage. He has started 13 games in each of his first two seasons. His record was 4-9 in his rookie year and 7-6 last season. He has averaged 226 yards per game. Over two seasons, he has thrown 36 touchdowns and 28 interceptions. Just like the others, Darnold needs to take the next step this season. This could be difficult playing for Adam Gase though.