ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky made some headway last month when he told the network that he would accept Jets quarterback Sam Darnold if he had a draft of any quarterbacks for 2017-2018.
That means, yes, he will take Darnold on top of Lamar Jackson, who won the League MVP with the Ravens last year. Although Darnold was inconsistent and did not prove that he would be an elite starter in the NFL, Orlovsky believed that Darnold was a victim of being on a bad team.
“I love Lamar Jackson,” Arlovsky, who has played 13 seasons in the NFL, recently told the Post. “He’s a superstar, but if you want to point out to me that if Sam Darnold is in the best five-run game and has some pretty good skilled players and a scheme that goes perfectly with him and the team with the top-five defense, wouldn’t we think of him differently?” We’re in a team where quarterbacks made all these guys better than it was 20 years ago when other guys made quarterbacks better because of time and football and matchup space.
“If I had to take anyone in the last three draft classes for the next ten years, it could be Sam.”
Darnold is still entering his third season with lots of questions surrounding him. He has dropped 36 touchdowns and 28 interceptions in his 26 games. He has shown a glimpse of being special but has kept the success together. Darnold turned 23 on Friday, so he’s still very young. Orlovsky argues that Darnold still has no idea exactly what could happen.
“Anyone sitting there telling you that they can evaluate Sam Darnold, how?” Dr. Orlovsky. “Tell me how. How can you sit there and really tell me you can make an assessment of what he or she will be? He’s been playing with his hands tied behind his back for a long time.”
Orlovsky is not the only analyst who expected better things from Darnold in 2020. Chris Sims, who is now working for NBC after eight years as NBL quarterback, saw Darnold’s progress last season.
“I’m really excited with Sam,” Sims said. “You can see what kind of player Sam is after the storm last year. He’s awesome in the pocket. He is one of the best at delivering the ball from pocket walking and awkward distribution. He’s got a great way to look at a crease to be promising and throw around. He’s a remarkable middle-to-back quarterback in short-pass games. I thought last year he really took action by pushing his deep ball and the ball downfield.
Boomer Association, who was the 1988 NFL MVP, sees this as an important year for Darnold and Bill’s third-year quarterback Josh Allen.
WISAN host and CBS analyst Ascension now said, “This is where Poise gains power.” “When it came to all of us, starting over 100 games in the NFL anyone could tell you where the seminal moment was where we all started to understand what we needed to do to be players. I would advise both of these players that both Allen and Darnold are at a point where their politeness should match their skills. They just need to refine themselves.
Isiason said Darnold played “crazy” and needed to slow down.
“I want to see Sam play like 12 games in a row. I don’t want to see any obstacles, ”Asiation said. “I want to see how he gets better in the middle of the season towards the end of the season. He has done so in two years where he has gotten better by the end of the year. But, the man really struggled to get out of the gate. “
Orlovsky believes the Jets are on the right track now and that Darnold may be able to show what he can do. He praised the selection of Mekhi Becton by the Jets in the first round of the draft.
“I said the Jets fans would know what the future holds for their 11th pick,” Orlovsky said. “I said that if these receivers are too persuasive they have to pick 11th and if Joe Douglas takes one, I’ll be upset if I’m a Jets fan. They were so appealing and sexy, it wasn’t the right choice. Prioritizing the offensive line ten times was the right choice. I am optimistic to the Jets and Sam and their fans that their general manager is starting to get it and is looking at what is happening around Sam. I am optimistic that he is going well