The New York Jets have cleared their runway for Sam Darnold to be their starting quarterback heading into week one. Darnold will be the youngest opening-day starting quarterback ever.

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The Jets made Darnold the No. 3 overall pick out of USC, selecting him after trading the No. 6 overall selection and three second-round picks to the Indianapolis Colts for the right to move up those three spots. There was some question about whether or not Darnold would even be there for them to pick, as rumors connected him to both the Browns at No. 1 and the Giants at No. 2, but he ultimately slipped into the Jets’ laps.


The Jets have been looking for a quarterback savior for a very long time now. Darnold’s NFL orientation will be a difficult one as the Jets play three games within the first 11 days of the 2018 NFL schedule. After the Monday night opener in Detroit, Darnold and his ‘mates will square off against the Miami Dolphins the very next Sunday, only to play their 3rd game two days later for a Tuesday night matchup against the Browns.