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Sam Darnold

Sam Darnold

23-Year-Old QuarterbackQB

Carolina Panthers




$Signed a four-year, $30.25 million contract with the Jets in July of 2018.




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How do Sam Darnold’s 2020 advanced stats compare to other quarterbacks?


This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player’s percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.


  • Bad Pass %

    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.



  • Avg Target Depth

    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.



  • Sack Rate

    The percentage of dropbacks where the quartback was sacked. The longer the bar below, the more often they are sacked relative to other QBs.



  • Avg Receiver YAC

    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.



  • Receiver Drop %

    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.


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Measurables Review
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How do Sam Darnold’s measurables compare to other quarterbacks?


This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player’s percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.



Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Sam Darnold


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27 days ago

Looking at eight players who have the traits to break out in bigger roles, Anthony Firkser stands out even if the Titans re-sign Jonnu Smith.

Dynasty Watch: Rising/Falling Before Free Agency

31 days ago

With Big Ben officially staying in Pittsburgh and JuJu Smith-Schuster trending the other direction, Diontae Johnson should see a boatload of short targets in 2021.

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41 days ago

Trevor Lawrence may be a rookie but his upside is substantial and his starting role is all but assured, leading the writer to select Lawrence as his QB2 in the third round.

Week 17 Observations

Week 17 Observations

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91 days ago

Deshaun Watson’s historic season was wasted on the 4-12 Texans.

NFL Game Previews: Week 17 Matchups

93 days ago

Erik Siegrist previews Week 17 in the NFL as Alex Smith looks to lead Washington to a division title in a win-and-in matchup against the Eagles on Sunday night.



Past Fantasy Outlooks




Picked third overall in last year’s draft, Darnold walked into an ugly situation with the Jets and created legitimate cause for optimism by year’s end. His final stat line was not much to look at, and he only won four of his 13 starts, but a strong connection with deep-threat Robby Anderson sparked an impressive three-week stretch in December. The Jets also got a surprisingly effective season from rookie tight end Chris Herndon, then in the offseason spent big money on running back Le’Veon Bell and slot receiver Jamison Crowder. With Anderson and Quincy Enunwa also returning, Darnold has a much better situation for his second NFL campaign. The offensive line is somewhat less encouraging, but a trade for guard Kelechi Osemele at least provides hope for modest improvement. Better blocking would go a long way, considering Darnold lived up to his aggressive reputation by ranking 11th in average depth of target (9.0) as a rookie. He’s no dink-and-dunk game manager, but while he has the ability to move around and throw his receivers open, Darnold doesn’t possess the type of elusiveness that would allow him to thrive as a downfield passer behind a shaky line. Of course, he may be forced into safe, high-percentage throws under new coach Adam Gase, who favored the short passing game in Miami.

Darnold was viewed as a candidate for the No. 1 overall selection in April’s draft, but when he fell to the third spot, the Jets were happy to scoop him up with the hope that he might emerge as a franchise savior. Though the Jets re-signed their primary starter from 2017 (Josh McCown) and brought in another accomplished signal-caller in free agency in Teddy Bridgewater, Darnold was given the opportunity to compete for the top job in training camp and quickly made a positive impression in practices and exhibition play. The Jets have yet to officially announce their plans for Week 1, but the team’s decision to trade Bridgewater to the Saints on Aug. 29 likely opens the door for Darnold to begin the season as the team’s starter. At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Darnold brings ideal size to the position along with a strong arm and good mobility. He can improvise to extend plays and throw accurately on the run, but the knock on him is two-fold: his windup delivery and ball security. Some scouts believe Darnold probably has enough velocity to overcome the extra release time caused by the delivery, but he’ll need to improve his decision making to address the latter concern. During his final year at USC, Darnold was responsible for 22 turnovers, including nine lost fumbles.


More Fantasy News

Team fielding trade offers

March 3, 2021

Jets general manager Joe Douglas said Wednesday he will “answer the call” when trade offers come in for Darnold, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.

Jets still evaluating options

February 22, 2021

The Jets intend to fully evaluate the 2021 NFL Draft’s quarterback prospects before making a decision about Darnold’s future with the team, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Picked twice in season finale

January 3, 2021

Darnold completed 23 of 34 passes for 266 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Sunday’s 28-14 loss to the Patriots. He added three yards on one rushing attempt.

Turnover-free in second straight W

December 27, 2020

Darnold completed 16 of 32 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s 23-16 win over the Browns. He added 20 yards on seven rushing attempts.

Shocks Rams for first win of 2020

December 20, 2020

Darnold completed 22 of 31 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s 23-20 upset of the Rams. He added 18 rushing yards on five carries.




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