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Jets Officially Name Rookie Sam Darnold as Starter for Season Opener

It’s official – the Jets have a new quarterback, as the team will officially go with rookie Sam Darnold for their opener on Monday against the Detorit Lions.

The Jets have a new starting quarterback and a new face of the franchise.

Rookie Sam Darnold was officially named the starter Monday, coach Todd Bowles announced. He will become the youngest opening-day quarterback in NFL history. He will be 21 years, 97 days old when the Jets travel to play the Detroit Lions next Monday night.

Bowles said he informed both quarterbacks of his decision in a brief meeting before he announced it to the media. Bowles said it was “close, obviously.”

Explaining his choice of Darnold over the more experienced McCown, Bowles said Darnold gives them “a good chance” to win, but he never said “best chance.” In the past, Bowles has always maintained that he starts the players who give him the best chance to win.

“I think I can win with both,” Bowles said. “I think Sam’s growth gives us a chance to win with him right now, and that’s who I’m going with.”

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