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The 2020 New York Jets are just weeks away from kicking off their pre-season training camp (so we assume) at 1 Jets Drive in Florham Park, New Jersey.  With than in mind, we’ll start taking  a look at each position group as the date approaches with some thoughts on how strong the group is as a whole, who could surprise and a few predictions.  Today, we start under center at quarterback.

Sam Darnold: 

2019 Stat Line:

G Att Comp Pct TD INT  
13 441 273 61.9 19 13  

 

Darnold enters his third pro season with higher expectations than ever.  Despite a lack of proven talent at their first and second receiver spots with Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims respectively, things got a lot better for Darnold this offseason…or so we hope.

After a near complete overhaul of the offensive line by Joe Douglas, the Jets will have new starters at 4 of 5 positions in 2020, and that could end up being all five before the season comes to a close.  No matter who starts where, it’s impossible to imagine the Jets O-line not being significantly improved in 2020.  This is obviously very good news for Darnold.

A healthy Chris Herndon would quickly become the most important addition on offense given his ability to make plays in-line, out of the slot or on the boundary.  Add Herndon to Jamison Crowder, Ryan Griffin and perhaps Le’Veon Bell lined up at WR from time to time and Darnold should have plenty to work with if the blocking up front is anywhere near middle of the pack.

With more time to throw, additional targets and year two in Adam Gase’s offense, there’s no reason why this shouldn’t be Darnold’s best season to date.  Is there enough in place for Darnold to “break out” and have a monster year?  That will come down to how his top two receivers perform and whether or not Gase continues to force square pegs in to round holes, an issue that only exacerbated the Jets talent deficiency in 2019.

Joe Flacco:

2019 Stat line:

G Att Comp Pct TD INT
8 262 171 65.3 6 5

 

Flacco should be just what the doctor ordered in terms of a backup QB.  He’s a Super Bowl winning quarterback who understands he was brought in to mentor Darnold while preventing the offense from falling apart if Darnold were to miss time as was the case each of the past two seasons.

Flacco’s production was poor in 2019 before losing his starting job, but on film he looked like a guy who still had plenty of zip on the ball when he stepped in to his throws while also showing he can get the ball out in a hurry if he sees a coverage he likes.

Bringing in a player of Flacco’s stature was a strong move by GM Joe Douglas.  The only minor concern is that if something were to cause Darnold to miss time early on, Flacco is not expected to be ready when the season kicks off.  Following surgery for a herniated disc, Flacco shouldn’t see any contact until the middle of September.

David Fales:

An Adam Gase favorite, Fales played for the head coach in Miami before being brough in last season and re-signed this offseason to come back and suit up once again.  Fales has played in just 5 contests since 2014, completing 64.6% of his passes with an average of 6 yards per attempt.

Mike White:

With Flacco likely to miss the first few weeks of the season, the Jets will need another QB to step up and earn the number two spot.  White, a former draft choice of the Dallas Cowboys could be the guy to do it.  He’s not the most nimble of quarterbacks, but White threw a very good deep ball in college and was always going to be a developmental quarterback.  After a few years in the pros, is he ready to suit up on game days?

Darnold is the day one starter and Flacco will back him up for much of the way, but if there are any issues with Darnold in the opening weeks, it could be Fales or Mike White taking live snaps.  A far from ideal scenario, but all things considered, the top of the Jets QB depth chart is in the best shape it’s been in years.

David Morgan:

The fourth-round rookie is going to stick, but given the amount of work he needs withouit the benefit of a true pre-season, don’t be surprised if a mysterious injury lands him on IR where he can be stashed, or if he’s inactive for most of the season.

Morgan has a big arm and a gun slinger mentality, but his timing on deep balls has to get better.  Morgan’s arm strength, mobility and leadership skills make him a good developmental player.

 

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Is the OL ready? That’s the only question here 

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4 hours ago, nico002 said:

Is the OL ready? That’s the only question here 

Even if the OL is somewhere in the neighborhood of average instead of worst in the NFL, things will be much easier for Darnold.

Really think Morgan gets stashed with such a limited preseason.

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4 hours ago, nico002 said:

Is the OL ready? That’s the only question here 

Only one you want to ask and that’s fine..

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5 hours ago, nico002 said:

Is the OL ready? That’s the only question here 

That's my biggest concern as well. Either way I do think that our O-Line is greatly improved and that Darnold will obviously benefit from that, however with the lack of mini camps and preseason being cut I'm worried about the O-Line gelling early on.

Either way I think the chemistry will work itself out, but I don't think it'll happen by the time Wk 1 rolls around. Which is terrifying when we face Buffalo and San Fran the first 2 weeks. If we survive then things are definitely looking up from there on out. 

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1 hour ago, Jackie Treehorn said:

He needs to show consistency and not only flashes this season. 

He showed WAY more than flashes. This incorrect narrative is so old

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10 minutes ago, Jackie Treehorn said:

Well he just turned 23 and was sidelined with mono for a considerable part of last season, so how old can it be?

Could be a matter of opinion here, but I wouldn't call missing a few games a "considerable" amount of time.  

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49 minutes ago, AFJF said:

Could be a matter of opinion here, but I wouldn't call missing a few games a "considerable" amount of time.  

Then you've never had mono. If he was out week 2, he was definitely feeling the effects week 1. And I have had mono; he may have been back after missing 3 games, but the physical effects could have lasted most, if not all, of last season.

Mono is a bitch on the body.

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3 hours ago, viffer said:

Then you've never had mono. If he was out week 2, he was definitely feeling the effects week 1. And I have had mono; he may have been back after missing 3 games, but the physical effects could have lasted most, if not all, of last season.

Mono is a bitch on the body.

I wasn’t talking about the impact of mono, which can vary from person to person.  I was saying that missing 3 of 16 games isn’t what I’d personally consider a considerable amount of time.

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I wasn’t talking about the impact of mono, which can vary from person to person.  I was saying that missing 3 of 16 games isn’t what I’d personally consider a considerable amount of time.
He missed 3 games and is a professional athlete. Can we stop pretending he is a frail old man. Clearly when he came back he looked healthy and played like it. 3 games isn't even a quarter of the season.

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7 hours ago, AFJF said:

I wouldn't call missing a few games a "considerable" amount of time.  

~19% of his games so far.

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Fwiw, it's James Morgan, not David.

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