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How Popular is Sam Darnold’s Jersey Sales Since Being the Jets First Pick?

The Jets jumped at the chance Thursday of taking QB Sam Darnold in the 2018 NFL Draft, and a lot of folks are jumping on the bandwagon and quickly ordering his jersey from anywhere fans can get it.

According to Darren Rovell of ESPN, the sales of Darnold’s jersey thus far five days after the draft are number three of any player drafted.

Here’s the tweet with the top draft picks jersey sales thus far.

Jets Earn an ‘B’ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got a very good grade is that of the Jets, who according to Kiper got an ‘B’ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan went for it last month, giving up three second-round picks — two this year, one next — to move up three spots from No. 6 to No. 3. And the Jets have to be thrilled that quarterback Sam Darnold made it to them. Darnold looked like a lock to be the No. 1 pick after the 2016 season, but he had a shaky season in 2017, committing 22 turnovers (13 interceptions) and developing a few bad habits with his footwork. If he can get that corrected, watch out. New York would have a franchise passer for the next 15 years. If he keeps turning the ball over, it’s not going to be pretty in the AFC East. Darnold needs to get back to his 2016 form — this Jets draft is all about whether he’s the answer.

Without those second-round picks, it’s tough for New York to fill holes elsewhere. And this is a team with several holes. The Jets filled a few in free agency, throwing money at cornerback Trumaine Johnson and linebacker Avery Williamson, for instance, but there aren’t many playmakers here. Who is Darnold — or Josh McCown — going to throw to in 2018? I don’t think Terrelle Pryor Sr. is the answer, and Robby Anderson has off-field issues. I did like the pick of Nathan Shepherd at 72, an active defensive tackle who showed at the Senior Bowl against better competition that he belongs. Tight end Chris Herndon IV (pick 107) was rising up boards over the last few weeks. Cornerback Parry Nickerson (197) ran a 4.32 40 at the combine and was a four-year starter at Tulane.

As I said, this Jets draft is all about Darnold, but giving up three second-round picks to move up three spots is a ton. I think he’s going to end up playing early.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
1/3 Sam Darnold QB USC
3/72 Nathan Shepherd DT FORT HAYS STATE
4/107 Chris Herndon IV TE MIAMI
6/179 Parry Nickerson CB TULANE
6/180 Folorunso Fatukasi DT UCONN
6/204 Trenton Cannon RB VIRGINIA ST

Jets Select USC QB Sam Darnold with Third Pick in 2018 NFL Draft

The Jets have who they hope will be their next franchise quarterback, as with the third pick in Thursday’s NFL Draft the team took USC quarterback Sam Darnold.

A quick look at Darnold:

Darnold took college football by storm during the 2016 season, and even though he wasn’t eligible for the 2017 NFL Draft, the redshirt freshman had scouts buzzing about his pro potential. After a 1-2 start to the 2016 season for USC, Darnold was made the starting quarterback. For his debut season, he was an extremely efficient passer who led the Trojans to a 10-3 record. Darnold lost his first-ever start against a good Utah team, but after that he led his team to ripping off a nine-game win streak to close out the year, including impressive wins over Colorado, Washington, and a comeback Rose Bowl win over Penn State. Darnold completed 67 percent of his passes in 2016 for 3,086 yards with 31 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

The 2017 season was more of a mixed bag for Darnold. The redshirt sophomore completed 63 percent of his passes for 4,143 yards with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He had an up-and-down season with too many turnovers – fumbles were a particular issue beyond the interceptions. Darnold also made some beautiful anticipatory throws with excellent accuracy in just about every game.

There is a lot to like about Darnold as a future starter in the NFL. First and foremost, he is an accurate pocket passer who throws with good ball placement and is very precise in the short to intermediate part of the field. Darnold has excellent anticipation to know when and where receivers are going open. With his feel and timing, Darnold hits receivers on the run, leading them to picking up yards after the catch. He also regularly will throw receivers open and help them to find space to beat tight coverage. Darnold is a natural rhythm thrower who would fit best in a West Coast system to maximize his ability to throw accurately in the short to intermediate part of the field. He is a smooth precision passer who can be deadly when he gets into a good groove.

Nick Mangold Inks a One-Day Deal with the Jets to Announce His Retirement

Former Jets offensive linemen Nick Mangold has come back to the team, inking a one-day deal with the team and tweeting out that he’s walking away from the game.

Jets Awarded Kicker Nick Rose Off Waivers From the Chargers

The Jets have a new kicker today, as reports are the team was awarded kicker Nick Rose from the Chargers.

Rose split last season between Washington and Los Angeles and played 10 games overall on the year. He was 10-of-11 on field goals and 18-of-20 on extra points in eight games with the Redskins and 1-of-3 on field goals and 5-of-6 on extra points in two Chargers appearances.

The Jets signed Cairo Santos earlier this offseason. Barring other moves, it looks like he and Rose will compete to replace Chandler Catanzaro, who signed a three-year deal with the Buccaneers after a solid 2017 season with the Jets.

Jets Ink Free Agents LB Kevin Minter and WR Charles Johnson

The Jets continued to stay active in free agency with the addition of veteran inside linebacker Kevin Minter and wide receiver Charles Johnson.

Minter has familiarity with Jets head coach Todd Bowles as the former started his career in Arizona and appeared in 28 games in 2013-14 when the latter was the Cardinals’ defensive coordinator. A second-round pick of the Cardinals in the 2013 NFL Draft, the LSU product has played in 70 contests and made 44 starts in five pro seasons.

Johnson, who inked a deal with Carolina last March, was waived/injured by the Panthers on July 25, 2017 after undergoing surgery on his right knee.

In three seasons with the Minnesota Vikings from 2014-16, the 6’2”, 217-pound Johnson totaled 60 receptions for 834 yards while averaging 13.9 yards a catch. Johnson led Vikings wideouts with a 15.3 yards-per-catch average during the 2014 campaign.

Originally a seventh-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Grand Valley State product spent the preseason with the Packers before joining the Pack’s practice squad and eventually was signed to Cleveland’s 53-man roster in Octobe


Jets OL Brent Qvale Inks His Restricted FA Tender to Stay in New York

Versatile offensive lineman Brent Qvale has signed his restricted free agency tender to remain with the Jets, Randy Lange of reports.

Qvale is beginning his fourth full NFL season after signing with the Jets as an undrafted free agent out of Nebraska after the 2014 draft and increasing his on-field profile season by season. He spent his entire rookie season on the Green & White practice squad. In 2015 as a first-year man, he played in 16 games with 31 offensive snaps and made his first start as a blocking TE in Game 8 against Jacksonville.

In 2016, Qvale played in 12 games with five starts and 347 offensive plays. Last season he saw action in all 16 games with six starts and upped his play counts to 394 on offense and 114 on specials. Of his 12 pro starts, seven have come at right tackle, one at right guard and four at tight end.

Jets Re-Sign Former Fourth-Round Pick OL Dakota Dozier

The Jets continued to bolster their depth along the offensive line with the re-signing of Dakota Dozier, Eric Allen of reports.

The 6’4″, 313-pound Dozier, a fourth-round selection of the Green & White in the 2014 draft, set career highs last season with 14 games played and three starts. Towards the end of the 2017 campaign, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters that Dozier was one of the most improved players on the roster.

Entering his fifth season, Dozier has appeared in 32 games and made five starts. He is another player with position flexibility that can suit up at guard as well as center.