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Jets QB Sam Darnold says preseason opener was just ‘a little taste’ of new offense

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The New York Jets lost their first preseason game to the New York Giants by a score of 31-22 on Thursday night, but during the contest, Jets quarterback Sam Darnold looked impressive in limited action, completing four of his five passes for 68 yards and a touchdown.

While Gang Green couldn’t come away with the victory, its offense certainly showed flashes of potential under new head coach Adam Gase, and afterwards, Darnold shared his thoughts:

“Hopefully it gave Jets fans a little taste of what this season will be like,” Darnold said, per Tyler Greenawalt of Jets Wire. “We can clean things up, but I thought, for the most part, we did a pretty good job.”

The Jets ranked just 29th in the league in total offense in 2018, finishing 23rd in points per game, so, obviously, this is an offensive unit that could use a boost.

Gase said he was happy with the way the offense performed on Thursday:

“I love the tempo they played with,” Gase said. “I thought Sam did a good job extending plays on third down. Guys were in the right spot. Communication was good. I thought the pocket held up.”

New York made a few significant additions to its offense this offseason, signing running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Jamison Crowder while also trading for offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele.

The Jets’ offense remains a work in progress, but there seems to be little doubt that it will be better than the abject disaster it was this past year.