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Sam Darnold doesn’t feel any pressure after Jets’ big free agent acquisitions

The New York Jets added a ton of talent this offseason, prompting people to raise their expectations for the team. Sam Darnold isn’t feeling the pressure that comes along with the added talent though.

In an article by Brian Costello of the New York Times, Darnold says he doesn’t feel any pressure heading into the 2019 season. Darnold talked to reporters while at the unveiling of the new Jets uniforms.

“I don’t feel any pressure,” Darnold said Thursday night at the unveiling of the new uniforms. “I think, for me, it’s more tools in the toolbox. When I’m out there making the same reads, going through the same progressions as I did, it’s just putting the ball in some playmaker’s hands and letting him go to work. I know that’s going to be really fun game-planning with all these weapons that we have. I’m just really stoked to be able to get back to work and get back to work with these new weapons.”

Regardless, Darnold will have his expectations raised by the media because of the added support this offseason. First, the Jets signed Le’Veon Bell to boost their running game and a security blanket for Darnold in the passing game.

The Jets also added Jamison Crowder and traded for Kelechi Osemele to protect the young quarterback. Also, the Jets brought in Adam Gase as head coach and he will undoubtedly implement his offensive scheme.

Jets fans are hoping to not witness a sophomore slump for Darnold in year two. Nonetheless, there is added pressure for New York in 2019, whether it is warranted or not.