NFL World Reacts As Jets Ship Sam Darnold To Carolina Panthers, Marking Yet Another Failed QB Experiment For The Franchise

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The New York Jets are sending former first-round pick Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers for a sixth-round pick in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, and a second-and-fourth-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.


During his three seasons as the Jets quarterback, Darnold completed 59.8% of his passes for 8,097 yards, 45 touchdowns, and 39 interceptions. For content, Darnold’s leading receiver last season was Jamison Crowder, who caught 59 passes for 699 yards and six touchdowns.

Darnold, still just 23-years-old, was drafted by the Jets with the third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. After saddling Darnold with bare-bones, generally nonexistent offensive talent and arguably the worst coach in the NFL not named Hugh Jackson, the infamous Adam Gase, the franchise has decided they’ve seen enough of the 23-year-old and are sending him to Carolina, instead choosing to start the whole process over with an unproven rookie quarterback.

Given the nature of the trade and Jets fans in general (I’m very much one of them), reactions to the deal have varied, from those wishing Darnold well now that he’s escaped New York to those crucifying the Jets for wasting (yet another) young and talented quarterback.

With Darnold now officially leaving New York, it’s become quite obvious that the Jets plan on drafting either BYU’s Zach Wilson or Ohio State’s Justin Fields with the second overall pick.

As for Darnold, he’ll now be paired with the best coach (literally anyone is a step up from Adam Gase) and skill position players — former Jets Robby Anderson, D.J. Moore, and potential MVP candidate Christian McCaffrey — of his career. Still just 23-years-old, the former University of Southern California quarterback has a legitimate shot at resurrecting his NFL career.

The 2021 NFL Draft will begin at 8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 29 with Round One, followed by Rounds Two and Three on Friday, April 30, and Rounds Four, Five, Six, and Seven on Saturday, May 1.