New York Jets: Three Goals for Sam Darnold in 2020

Sam Darnold, New York Jets. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Sam Darnold, New York Jets. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
3 of 4
New York Jets
Sam Darnold, New York Jets. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Improve Touchdown total without inflating interception numbers

One of Sam Darnold’s largest struggles has been turnovers, as he’s finished in the top 10 in total interceptions during each of his first two seasons. His tendency to go deep should be amplified as the Jets made moves to boost his passing numbers, but the results should be much more positive.

Jamison Crowder is coming off a solid inaugural season in New York where he finished with 833 yards and six touchdowns, while the addition of speedy wideout Breshad Perriman should help take the top off of defenses. Perriman caught three touchdowns of 25+ yards for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season.

Second-round rookie Denzel Mims should serve as a solid replacement for the loss of Robby Anderson, due to their similar combinations of size and speed. Anderson is 6’3″ and ran a 4.36 40-yard dash at his pro day, Mims is also 6’3″ and clocked in at 4.38 seconds during the NFL combine. Many were surprised when he fell to the Jets with the 59th pick, but other’s losses are the Jets reward.

Darnold is the key to unlocking a potentially lethal vertical attack, and his numbers should show the benefits and drawbacks. He could likely finish with around 25 touchdowns and 13 interceptions this upcoming season.