New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold had another forgettable outing on Sunday. Matched up against the Miami Dolphins on the road, Darnold came up with an ugly performance, completing 21 of 39 passes and finishing with zero touchdowns and four interceptions. He was also sacked four times for a loss of 27 yards in a 13-6 loss.
Darnold was aware of how awful he played but was also among the first ones to acknowledge his catastrophic job under center in the Dolphins game. Speaking to reporters following the loss, the rookie signal-caller expressed his disappointment while also issuing a challenge to himself, per Darryl Slater of NJ.com.
“There’s no excuse for how I played out there,” he said. “I’ve got to play better.”
“I’ve just got to be sharper,” he said. “I have to have a better plan once I get to the line of scrimmage. I’ve just got to know exactly where to go with the ball, and if one or two is not there [in the read progression], go to three. I’ve just got to have a better plan.”
Sam Darnold, the third overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, has been very inaccurate with his passes of late. He now has seven interceptions over the Jets’ last three games with only two touchdown passes to show in that span. Overall this season, Darnold has 11 touchdowns against 14 interceptions.
Darnold will look to churn out a more favorable performance next week at home against the Buffalo Bills.