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Week 7 of our season long tracking of Sam Darnold’s progress
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brings a setback Youth Keyshawn Johnson Jerseys , as Darnold struggled badly against the elements and against the gaffes of his own teammates in the Jets’ loss against the Minnesota Vikings. Darnold moves back down the lists as his rookie year is shaping up like many rookies before him; a bit of a rollercoaster ride.A few things to keep in mind. All rankings herein are limited to rookie quarterbacks with at least 250 passing attempts in their rookie seasons. Prior to the 2018 season there have been 72 rookie quarterbacks with 250 or more passing attempts in the post merger era. Rate stats (like completion %) reflect actual current numbers for Darnold. Counting stats (like touchdowns or yards) reflect prorated numbers for Darnold assuming he continues to perform at the same level all season. Let’s get to it. Below are a bunch of quarterback metrics, listing the all time rookie leaders for each and showing where Sam Darnold fits assuming he plays at the same level all season.YardsAndrew Luck4374Cam Newton4051Jameis Winston4042Carson Wentz3782Peyton Manning3739…8. Sam Darnold3547TouchdownsPeyton Manning26Russell Wilson26 (Tie 1)Sam Darnold23Andrew Luck23Dak Prescott23 (Tie 3)InterceptionsPeyton Manning28Jim Zorn27Terry Bradshaw24Jeff Komlo23Sam Darnold23 (Tie 4)Passer RatingDak Prescott104.9Robert Griffin III102.4Russell Wilson100Ben Roethlisberger98.1Dan Marino96…29. Sam Darnold74.3 Yards/AttemptBen Roethlisberger8.88Robert Griffin III8.14Dak Prescott7.99Russell Wilson7.93Matt Ryan7.93…18. Sam Darnold7.02Completion PercentageDak Prescott67.8Ben Roethlisberger66.4Robert Griffin III65.7Teddy Bridgewater64.4Russell Wilson 64.1…34. Sam Darnold56.1Touchdown PercentageDan Marino6.8Russell Wilson6.6Jim Plunkett5.8Ben Roethlisberger5.8 (Tie 3)Steve Bartkowski5.1Robert Griffin III 5.1 (Tie 5)Marcus Mariota5.1 (Tie 5)Jake Plummer5.1 (Tie 5)…14. Sam Darnold4.5 (Tie)Interception PercentageDak Prescott0.9Robert Griffin III1.3Nick Foles1.9Charlie Batch2.0Derek Carr2.0 (Tie 4)…51. Sam Darnold4.5As the season wears on the sample gets larger and the results more stable. The picture is becoming a bit more clear each week. The numbers are starting to look decent to good but not great in many categories for Darnold. One thing that may be a bit concerning is that Darnold ranks below league average in every major category this season. Although rookies often struggle Keyshawn Johnson Jerseys Stitched , most of the rookies that go on to have excellent NFL careers manage to be at or above league average in at least one major statistical category in their rookie years. It’s not a foolproof standard, there have been exceptions Youth Dennis Byrd Jerseys , but if Darnold does not manage to at least make it to league average in at least one statistical category by year end it is not a particularly good omen for his career. Still plenty of time for things to change. We’ll track these numbers throughout the year and see how this unfolds. What was the most important play of yesterday’s game between the Jets and the Bears?I am going to go to Chicago’s final scoring drive, which gave the Bears a 24-10 lead after a Jordan Howard touchdown. The Jets had just scored a touchdown to cut their deficit to 7 points. A defensive stop would give them the chance to tie the game. Instead Chicago stormed down the field in eight plays for an insurance touchdown.I can’t go with Howard’s touchdown itself. The Bears were already in chip shot field goal range. A field goal there would have put the Jets behind 10 with just minutes to go.So I will go with the 10 yard pass on second and 6 from the New York 40 Dennis Byrd Jerseys Stitched , which gave the Bears a first down and put them into field goal range. A stop on that play and the one that followed would have been the last chance the Jets had to force a punt on that series. Thye failed to get that stop.It might not have been a memorable play, but it has my vote for the game’s most important play.What do you think?
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