The Sam Darnold era has gotten off to a smooth start in New York.
If NFL Preseason action is any indication, the Jets could be set at quarterback for the first time in a while.
On Friday night, No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold looked sharp in his first appearance as a pro, going 9-11 for 74 yards and one touchdown in the first half against the Falcons. In his second offensive drive, Darnold tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Charles Johnson to complete a 64-yard drive. Behind Darnold and offseason acquisition Teddy Bridgewater, the Jets led Atlanta 17-0 at the half.
Darnold started 27 games for USC over two seasons before coming to the NFL. He threw for 26 touchdowns as a redshirt sophomore in 2017, adding 31 the year prior.