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Darnold Officially Named Starter
@BrianCoz: Todd Bowles announces that Sam Darnold will be the starting quarterback. #nyj

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Sam Darnold Review – Pre-Season Week 3 (Giants)
Let’s break down the Week 3 performance of Sam Darnold and the Jets, as they lost to the Giants.  The focus for the Jets have to be on Sam Darnold, and it’s quite an impressive ...
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Game Observations (NYG)
General Notes

- An absolutely putrid effort by the Jets with the main culprits being
the defense and special teams

- A horrible display of discipline as the team committed 10+ penalties.
On offense most of them pinned the team back and destroyed drives.  On
defense the penalties extended drives and led to NYG points

Special Teams

- Good efforts by Lachlan Edwards (P) and Jason Myers (K) as they were
the only two players who didn't screw up all night

- Other than that there were mistakes in punt coverage, PAT and ball
security on kick off returns.  Inexcusable error by Charone Peake? as he
left his lane as a gunner which left the whole side of the field empty on
the TD return.  Poor discipline by Jonotthan Harrison on the PAT as he moved
early which led to Taylor Bertolet missing from 38.  Trenton Cannon must
show better ball security, that's two muffed punts and a fumble on specials
in only two games.  In addition there were at least two other penalties
on kick off returns which took the offense out of good field position and
pinned them inside the 20.  A lot of players put themselves on the chopping
block with how they performed


- Yes, the defense hasn't given up a TD in the pre-season but they have
been softer than cotton.  They aren't getting off the field on 3rd downs, the
offense is gaining too much in field position and controlling the clock.  If
the defense does stop them our offense is pinned back which causes them to be
conservative to protect a young QB

- The secondary gave up too many long receptions which flipped the field.  Some
of the culprits were Mo Claiborne, Juston Burris and Buster Skrine.  Jamal Adams
was one of the few players who had a strong game as he had a couple of TFL's

- The ILB's were good in run support and Avery Williamson had an absolute textbook
strip to cause a fumble.  The OLB's had no impact and Jordan Jenkins had a killer
penalty on 3rd down which extended ...
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Offensive play calling
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Welcome to the next edition of the Sam Darnold breakdown.  This week, we will look at some mechanics, as well a breakdown from Pre-Season Game Two.

I just want you to look at that drop back, that’s all.

That is Tom Brady from the Super Bowl last year.   Yes, it hurts to watch them play in that game, but on the bright side, they lost.
The main thing I’m highlighting here is the hop at the end, because it allows for Brady to be better prepared to throw, and you will see this often with him.  It helps him stay consistent with his delivery, if given space, rather than turning his head, and then allowing the body to readjust.  Brady loves to do the small hop to get himself in position to throw with better force, without waiting for his legs to get under him.  Don’t believe me? Let’s go see some more examples:

Notice the hop each time he’s turning his head, so when Brady turns and sees an opening, there isn’t a lag.

Here we see more hops, as Brady goes through the progressions.  You don’t see him flat footed because that creates a lag to generate torque.  Brady makes each of those hops knowing that if a throwing lane opens, he’s ready to throw.
I don’t want to create this impression that Brady does this on every play, because he doesn’t.  There are plays where he doesn’t have time to hop around, so these are just the ones where there is space to operate in the pocket.  Furthermore, this quality isn’t limited to Tom Brady, as almost every good QB has the ability to hop around.  I pointed this hop mechanism out to ease concerns that Darnold isn’t fundamentally sound with his feet.  Darnold does tend to throw passes with open hips, but he’s been fairly accurate in his career.
The second aspect ...

Let's use this thread to keep track of what undrafted free agent players the Jets sign.
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