Published: Wed, May 02, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Early expectations for Sam Darnold on the Jets

Early expectations for Sam Darnold on the Jets

While it was seen as a risk at the time (due to the Jets not knowing what the two teams ahead of them would do), it ultimately worked out as they were able to land who they hope is their future franchise quarterback in USC QB Sam Darnold. "I'm so happy. Dude, you're gonna love NY".

While Josh McCown, last year's starter, is still here, it might not be long before Darnold - the cool and poised kid from California - takes center stage in the Big Apple.

"Whatever happens happens", Darnold said. "It's going to be good and I'm excited to get things rolling". McCown is the old man in a quarterback room that now includes Darnold in addition to Teddy Bridgewater, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, and he's fine with that. The same went for being nearly invisible up front on defense (seventh-most rushing yards on the third-most carries, and the second-fewest sacks).

Bridgewater is still recovering from a career-threatening knee injury almost two years ago.

On Saturday, the Jets took Miami tight end Chris Herndon in the fourth round, Tulane cornerback Parry Nickerson, Connecticut defensive lineman Foley Fatukasi and Virginia State running back/kick returner Trenton Cannon in the sixth round. Maccagnan said Herndon would be limited this spring. He was a third-round pick of the Colts in 2015, but has finished all three of his National Football League seasons on injured reserve.

The trade is contingent on Anderson passing his physical with the Jets. The Browns are still trying to get fair value from the 2016 draft deal that packaged Carson Wentz to the Eagles at No. 2; Cleveland traded one of the picks it received to the Texans a year later, and that pick turned into Deshaun Watson.

He is viewed as a complete tight end that can block as well as catch. Herndon said he felt he would have been drafted earlier if not for the injury, which kept him from participating in the Senior Bowl or the Scouting Combine.

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