Sam Darnold wants Jets fans to know he found some positives in his third year with the organization, despite Gang Green’s ugly 2-14 record last season.
“Year 3… So much to learn from and so many great teammates I grew closer with along the way,” Darnold wrote in an Instagram post on Wednesday. “Not the season we envisioned but shared moments with people that I will never forget. Only up from here!! #jetup”
It’s still a question if Darnold will remain a Jet next season.
The Jets, who have the No. 2 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, very likely lost their chance to get Trevor Lawrence, but still could draft a quarterback.
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields received a lot of buzz after a dominant performance against Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinal but struggled in a 52-24 loss to Alabama in the national championship on Monday. Zach Wilson, who led the BYU Cougars to an 11-1 record last season, also is considered a top quarterback on some early draft boards.
A week ago Jets general manager Joe Douglas praised Darnold, but didn’t rule out trading him in 2021.
“We’ve got a lot of decisions to make,” Douglas said. “I think that Sam’s going to be a great quarterback. I’m excited to get a head coach in here, go through our process.
“I had a great conversation with Sam. I won’t go into the specifics, but I think Sam has a very bright future in this league. … I’m excited about Sam.”
Darnold, who has yet to play a complete 16-game season, is 13-25 as the Jets’ starter.