Watch out, Miami Dolphins. Here comes Sam Darnold.
In case you haven’t heard, Darnold is the word — as in, returning as the New York Jets’ starting quarterback. The Jets host AFC East rival Miami on Sunday. Darnold has missed five straight games after suffering a dislocated AC joint Oct. 1.
The Jets have lost all five of those games.
They lost the other five, too. So this isn’t about Darnold trying to save the season. It’s more like a six-game audition. The Jets are still trying to figure out if he can be The Man moving forward.
He should have some assistance, as Sunday marks the first time that the Jets’ top three receivers — Jamison Crowder, Denzel Mims and Breshad Perriman — are scheduled to appear in the same game this season.
As Jets coach Adam Gase told reporters, “I think these guys want to see what maybe it could’ve been from the beginning of the year.”
Darnold is 112-of-191 passing for 1,045 yards, three touchdowns, and six interceptions in six games this season. Joe Flacco has started the other four games.