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Jets Set to Start Rookie QB Sam Darnold in Week One Vs the Lions

Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold will start Week 1 against the Lions on Monday Night Football, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports via Kevin Patra of NFL.com.

The 21-year-old quarterback completed 64.4 percent of his 45 preseason passes with two touchdowns to one interception, with an 83.9 quarterback rating.

Even with Bridgewater outplaying Darnold during the preseason, it was always the rookie’s job to lose. Wednesday’s trade of Teddy B confirmed as much.

Darnold impressed during the preseason with his ability to make reads, spread the ball around, an NFL-caliber arm, and improved pocket presence. Despite a middling 5.4 yards per attempt average and a reluctance to push the ball down the field, Darnold showed the Jets’ brass he can command the team and be a dynamic point guard of the offense.

Darnold will become the youngest QB to start a season opener since the 1970 merger — 21 years and 97 days old when the Jets play at Detroit — and the second-youngest QB to start a game regardless of the week — Tommy Maddox in 1992 at 21 years, 81 days for the Denver Broncos.


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