The Jets took a step toward improving their quarterback position last month by selecting former USC star Sam Darnold as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Darnold, 20, known as a gunslinger with some mechanics issues, enters New York with the weight of the world on his shoulders. But new head coach Todd Bowles believes in his rookie QB.
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Bowles said Friday, via ESPN.com, that Darnold will have a chance to start this season. Veteran Josh McCown is currently penciled in as the starter, but Darnold will play if he beats him out in training camp.
Mayfield, Chubb and Ward will face more questions as they develop on the field, but at least one thing is indisputable right now: The right attitude is in place.
It’s new, sleek, professional and built to last. Like Mayfield says, it’s a good mixture.
It’s a mentality that you’re not going to take ‘no’ for an answer, Mayfield said. It doesn’t matter what’s happened in the past. It’s about, ‘What are you going to do now to make this team better?’
According to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot, first overall pick Baker Mayfield is starting his career with the Browns as the third-string quarterback. He’s behind Tyrod Taylor, who Cleveland acquired this offseason from Buffalo, and Drew Stanton, a 34-year-old journeyman.
This looks to be a classic case of a rookie who has to earn his stripes. No one believes Mayfield will start the season behind Stanton, even if he does play behind Taylor in 2018. According to SBR Sports Picks, the implied odds that Mayfield starts more games than Taylor this year is 58 percent.