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Jets’ Sam Darnold will be youngest Week 1 starting QB since 1970 NFL merger

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With the trade of Teddy Bridgewater to the New Orleans Saints, it’s safe to assume that Sam Darnold will be the starter for the New York Jets when they open their regular season campaign this year (NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport even reported as much). Even if Bridgewater remained in New York, it hardly would’ve been a surprise if the Jets still went with Darnold as their starter anyway.

And in a now-deleted tweet by the NFL Research, it was noted that Sam Darnold is set to become the youngest quarterback to start in Week 1 in 48 years, via Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk.

 According to a tweet from NFL Research, Darnold will become the youngest quarterback to start a regular season opener since the 1970 merger.

If all goes according to plan, Darnold will take the first snap under center in the Jets’ season opener against the Detroit Lions on Sep. 10. By that time, Darnold will only be 21 years and 97 days old, younger than current record holder Drew Bledsoe was when he started for the New England Patriots in the team’s 1993 season opener at the age of 21 years and 204 days old.

Of course, there’s a possibility Josh McCown will be handed the quarterbacking chores in Week 1, but Darnold’s takeover of the job is virtually inevitable given his production in training camp and the preseason.

Through three games in the preseason, Darnold has racked up 244 passing yards and two touchdowns against an interception on 29-of-45 pass completions.