Joe Douglas has a message for any groups focused on buying and selling for Jets quarterback Sam Darnold: Name me.
The Jets normal supervisor confirmed Wednesday that he is not going to hold up the cellphone if groups inquire about Darnold, a reversal of what he stated in October 2019, when he deemed the quarterback untouchable.
“I’ll reply the decision if it’s made,” Douglas stated. “Because it pertains to Sam, like I stated, Sam is we predict a dynamic participant on this league with unbelievable expertise who actually has an opportunity to hit his excellent potential transferring ahead. Like I’ve stated earlier, if calls are made, I’ll reply them.”
However that isn’t the track Douglas was singing in 2019 on the commerce deadline. After speaking about fielding requires Jamal Adams and Le’Veon Bell, Douglas stated the one untouchable participant is a franchise quarterback, and he stated Darnold was precisely that. He stated Darnold was the one participant he wouldn’t take calls on.
Issues have modified since then. Darnold had a horrible 2020 season. His 72.7 quarterback score was the worst out of 35 quarterbacks who certified. He didn’t have a 300-yard passing recreation and had simply 9 landing passes to 11 interceptions.
Douglas and new head coach Robert Saleh face a choice of whether or not to stay with Darnold, who might be getting into his fourth season with the Jets, or to maneuver on, both by drafting a quarterback with the No. 2-overall choose or by attempting to swing a blockbuster deal for Texans star Deshaun Watson.
“Our timeline proper now’s gathering as a lot info as we probably can, particularly because it pertains not solely in free company however on this yr’s draft class,” Douglas stated. “We really feel like we’re actually in no exhausting timeline within the instant future to decide, however after we do decide, we’re going to do it after gathering as a lot good info as we will.”
The Jets plan on attending the Professional Days of the highest school quarterbacks earlier than making a choice. Groups have had restricted publicity to draft prospects this yr due to the pandemic. BYU quarterback Zach Wilson may have his Professional Day on March 26 and Ohio State’s Justin Fields will conduct his on March 30.
“The Professional Day is extraordinarily necessary,” Douglas stated. “It’s simply good to face subsequent to the quarterback, to see the spin off his hand, to see the ball soar off his hand, to really feel his presence. These are all necessary issues.”
Free company begins on March 17, so there’s some hypothesis that the uncertainty at quarterback may harm the Jets with free-agent huge receivers. Douglas downplayed that concept.
“I really feel like we’re properly positioned. I really feel like this isn’t going to harm us when it comes to free brokers,” Douglas stated. “I really feel like our analysis, particularly with the teaching employees that’s been the primary factor we’ve been centered on. For the rest of this week, we’re going to be on the cellphone with the brokers of our personal present gamers which might be hitting free company. I actually don’t really feel like that’s going to have an effect on our free agent plans or participant free agent plans because it pertains to us.”
Douglas spoke extremely of Darnold, maybe to maintain his commerce worth excessive, with out committing to the 23-year-old.
“I’d say with Sam, our stance on Sam hasn’t modified,” Douglas stated. “He’s a particularly proficient participant. He’s very good, very powerful. We’ve got little question that Sam goes to realize his excellent potential. Clearly, we’re within the means of gaining as a lot info as we will main up by way of free company and the draft, however our stance on Sam has not modified.”
Besides now, Douglas is keen to select up the cellphone.