The big question surrounding the New York Jets is whether rookie phenom Sam Darnold will indeed win the starting quarterback job by Week 1. Based on the information that’s come out lately, it definitely seems like the job is Darnold’s to lose.
In an interview with New York radio station WFAN, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan didn’t tip the team’s hand one way or the other regarding that big decision. Although, he did make it clear that he’s liked what he’s seen from his prized rookie.
Per Rich Cimini of ESPN, Maccagnan said he’s “exceptionally impressed” with Darnold, whom he described as “unflappable.”
Maccagnan paid a hefty price to trade up in the draft for the chance to select a new franchise quarterback. They ended up with Darnold after he slipped to No. 3, and it seems that Maccagnan isn’t regretting that decision thus far.
Darnold impressed in his preseason debut against the Atlanta Falcons. And while he was less impressive against the Redskins — he went 8-of-11 for 62 yards and an interception — it would be a bit of an upset if he didn’t end up being named the starter.
That decision will ultimately be made by Jets head coach Todd Bowles, though, and not Maccagnan. Bowles is reportedly still having a hard time picking between Darnold, Teddy Bridgewater, and Josh McCown as his Week 1 starter.
Still, chances are that Bowles will seek at least some input from his general manager, who seems to be completely on board with making Darnold the team’s starter.