The New York Jets new head coach Robert Saleh has his work minimize out for him. The Jets haven’t had a profitable season since 2015 and completed final season with the second-worst document within the NFL. On Monday, April 5, the Jets traded QB Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers for a sixth spherical choice in 2021, in addition to 2nd and 4th spherical picks in 2022. Let’s check out what Darnold brings to his new workforce following the commerce.
Sam Darnold’s profession so far has been underwhelming, lowering his commerce worth
Primarily based purely on workforce success, Darnold’s first three seasons within the NFL have been disastrous. Throughout that point, the Jets have managed simply 13 wins to 25 losses and completed within the backside of the AFC East twice. In fact, whereas the quarterback is arguably crucial participant on an NFL workforce’s roster, they aren’t completely accountable for their workforce’s total success. That’s very true of the Jets, who for the final two seasons have been coached by Adam Gase (one profitable season in 5 years as a head coach).
Nonetheless, Darnold’s private statistics haven’t seemed notably spectacular both. He threw for simply 2,865 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions throughout his first NFL season. To a sure extent, we will excuse Darnold’s mediocre play as that of a rookie adjusting to the NFL. Moreover, Darnold did enhance in his second season, although not by a considerable margin. He amassed 3,024 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.
Sadly, final yr was an absolute catastrophe, with Darnold regressing considerably. He threw for a meager 2,208 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. In equity, these statistics are considerably deceptive, as Darnold has missed 10 video games in three seasons. Though, having that many accidents is a priority in and of itself.
Whereas Darnold has been struggling, a lot of the quarterbacks drafted alongside him have excelled
It doesn’t assist Darnold’s case that a lot of the quarterbacks drafted alongside him in 2018 have already got quite a few notable accomplishments to their names. Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen have helped their franchises break decades-long playoff victory droughts. In the meantime, Lamar Jackson has already gained an MVP award.
Solely Josh Rosen, who the Arizona Cardinals discarded after only one season within the desert, has fared worse. When held up in opposition to his friends, it’s straightforward to see why the Jets determined it was time to maneuver on.
The superior metrics verify what Darnold’s field rating statistics counsel
Because of the aforementioned accidents and training points, together with a basic lack of expertise surrounding him, we will’t choose Darnold based mostly purely on his field rating statistics. Luckily, the Offensive Worth Metric (OVM) was created with conditions like this one in thoughts. The OVM is a grading system designed by the (Bx) Motion to measure how a lot worth a participant offered to their offense. That makes it glorious for evaluating gamers like Darnold, who’ve been hampered by elements outdoors their management.
Sadly, Darnold doesn’t rank notably nicely when it comes to OVM. Throughout his first two seasons within the NFL, he earned grades of twenty-two.32 and 22.01. These grades had been removed from stellar, rating close to the center of the pack amongst all qualifying quarterbacks. Final season was even worse, with Darnold incomes the third-lowest grade on the place (16.27).
In brief, not solely had been the younger quarterback’s conventional statistics unimpressive, however he additionally failed to offer a lot worth to New York’s offense. That doesn’t bode nicely for any workforce seeking to purchase Darnold in a commerce.
Inspecting the superior metrics behind Darnold’s OVM grades
To elucidate why Darnold’s OVM grades have usually ranked poorly in comparison with his fellow signal-callers, we have to take a look at a number of of the superior metrics that go into calculating a quarterback’s OVM grades. The chart under exhibits how Darnold carried out on the next statistics during the last three years:
- His common air yards on all of his move makes an attempt (IAY)
- His common air yards on his completions (CAY)
- How usually he threw into tight home windows (AGG%)
- His completion share
- The completion share he was anticipated to have in keeping with the NFL’s superior metrics
The story these statistics inform isn’t fairly. Darnold has thrown the ball to a lesser depth downfield and into fewer tight home windows with every consecutive season. In the meantime, regardless of trying simpler passes, his completion statistics have usually been abysmal.
Darnold’s highest completion share in his quick profession was simply 61.9% in 2019. That was additionally the one season wherein his share was larger than anticipated. In different phrases, regardless of focusing on more easy throws as his profession has progressed, Darnold hasn’t been any higher at truly finishing them.
Taking a look at Darnold’s weekly grades from his three NFL seasons
In fact, season-long averages solely inform us a part of the story. To get a extra complete understanding of Darnold’s OVM performances, let’s take a look at his weekly grades. Within the charts under, you may see his grades from every week of his profession to this point, represented by the black dots. For comparability, the yellow strains symbolize the league common grade for quarterbacks from every common season.
As you may see, Darnold has been wildly inconsistent all through his profession. That alone could be problematic, however these graphs additionally present us that the vary of his grades has decreased with every successive yr. He’s confirmed to be constantly inconsistent, however each his highs and his lows have dropped.
The Carolina Panthers had been prepared to take an opportunity on Darnold
It could be unfair to say that Darnold has at all times performed poorly throughout his three years in New York. There have been occasions the place he has seemed the a part of a third-overall choose. And should you ignore final season’s horrendous efficiency, he appears considerably higher. Even then, he’s solely common at finest, and also you count on extra from a participant that was chosen No. 3 total.
Luckily for the Jets, very like Rosen earlier than him, Darnold performed poorly sufficient final season that his workforce may draft his alternative. The query then turns into, what ought to they do with him? The reply turned out to be a commerce to the Panthers.
In Rosen’s case, he was traded for picks within the second and fifth rounds. Darnold hasn’t been as unhealthy as Rosen was throughout his rookie season, however we’ve additionally seen extra of Darnold. Moreover what we’ve seen hasn’t been notably spectacular. Finally, Darnold commanded a better value, however not by a lot,
Regardless of that, it appears the Panthers have determined he’s price taking a flyer on. First-round gamers are likely to final some time within the NFL, even when what they’ve proven on the sphere doesn’t essentially warrant that stage of confidence.
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