Sam Darnold is a man who understands. NFL business And how fortunes can change on a dime.
The former third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft has not lived up to the expectations of many, entering his fifth year in the league on his second team and preparing to start his first game of the 2022 season. Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Darnold was drafted by the New York Jets as the future of an organization that had been searching for a franchise quarterback for decades. He was traded after just three years in New York when the Jets moved up, taking Zach Wilson second overall in the 2021 draft.
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Wilson was Bench on Wednesday from head coach Robert Saleh after Sunday’s atrocious performance against the New England Patriots.
Darnold understands how quickly things can change being a quarterback in the NFL.
“I’m not really paying much attention to what’s going on there, but I saw (Wilson was benched). Obviously, it’s a crazy business — but we’re really focused on the job. are, that’s doing a job. Really good Broncos team,” Darnold said Wednesday, according to the Charlotte Observer.
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“Playing quarterback in the NFL is a tough job, but it’s great,” Darnold added. “It’s the best job in the world, so to be able to come out and do it every single day, you don’t take it for granted at all. Or at least I don’t. But (benching) comes with it. . Although the area. It’s a tough position, but at the end of the day, it’s fun. And for me, I’m living my dream every single day.”
Wilson, who threw for just 77 yards. A loss to New Englandwas criticized in the media after the game for not being held accountable for his play.
On Wednesday, Wilson apologized to his teammates for his postgame comments.
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“The way I handled the situation wasn’t good. I’ve got to be a better football player, and then I’ve got to be a better leader for these guys,” Wilson said. “I have a chance to turn the page here as a player and as a leader to be able to step up and be 100 percent here for my guys and handle things the right way.”
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“I’m just looking forward to the future and from this event how I can grow as a person, as a leader, as a teammate with my guys and handle things the right way. . An opportunity, a humbling opportunity, for me to put my head down and work harder.”
Fox News’ Ryan Mork contributed to this report.