On Sunday afternoon, the Carolina Panthers will face off against the New York Jets in Sam Darnold‘s first game against his former team.
New York selected Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. In his three seasons with the Jets, the former USC Trojans star quarterback failed to live up to his draft status.
Much of that blame was put on former Jets head coach Adam Gase. However, Darnold made it clear on Wednesday afternoon that he’s just as much to blame for the team’s woes in recent years.
During his meeting with the media on Wednesday, one reporter asked if the Jets didn’t do a good enough job putting playmakers around him. He didn’t take the bait though.
“I didn’t do my job to the best of my abilities,” he said.
Darnold on the perception that he didn’t have enough playmakers or protection in New York: “I didn’t do my job to the best of my abilities.”
— Joe Person (@josephperson) September 8, 2021
Darnold’s first three seasons in the NFL didn’t exactly live up to the hype of the No. 3 pick. He’s never played a full NFL season, playing in 13 games twice and 12 games during the 2020 season.
He’s also never completed over 62-percent of his passes, threw for more than 3,100 yards or threw more than 19 touchdowns in a season.
Perhaps that will change in his first season with the Panthers.