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New York Jets think facing Gregg Williams in practice helps Sam Darnold

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Expectations are high for New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold as he enters his second professional training camp knowing he is the guy from day one.

Darnold has also been one of the players most effected by an offseason coaching change. When the Jets hired Gregg Williams as their defensive coordinator, head coach Adam Gase said that Williams’ competitiveness in practice will be a difference maker, because he treats practices just like he does games.

Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said the sheer number of different looks that Williams throws at the offense has been beneficial to the group, but especially the development of its second-year signal caller.

“I think it helps Sam a lot, just seeing all of the different looks and he has so many different, multiple personnel groupings that you know. You’re seeing different fronts, different coverages, especially in the third-down stuff,” Loggains said. “It’s going to be tremendous value as the season goes on and it’s stuff that he can put away in his toolbox and it’s going to come up in week six, seven, eight, and he’s getting a lot of good experience from that stuff.”

Darnold had a rough time against a Williams-run Browns defense in Week 3 last season, going 15-of-31 for 169 yards while throwing two interceptions. So far, practices have also shown the defense getting the upper hand at times, too. But Darnold gets his share of wins as well.

The Jets are pinning their hopes on that progression continuing well into the season.