New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold insists he loves where he is right now and he would love to finish his career as a Jet. Darnold, who was taken by the Jets at No. 3 in the 2018 NFL draft, hasn't developed as the team expected he would by now and it's not a secret that the Jets could move on from the 23-year-old quarterback after this season.
The Jets, who are the only winless team this season as they have a 0-13 record, will likely have the No. 1 pick in the coming NFL draft and many expect them in that case to select Clemson's Trevor Lawrence. "I love it here," Darnold said, as quoted on ESPN.
"I love the people, I love living here. I've always said I want to be a Jet for life, but that decision isn't necessarily up to me. But that's how I feel." Darnold has heard all the Lawrence rumors but he remains confident he's the right quarterback for the Jets.
"Yeah, I do," Darnold said. "I believe in myself as a quarterback. Obviously, that decision isn't up to me, but I'm always going to believe in myself. I have the utmost confidence in myself to go out there and play good football on Sundays."
Darnold claims he is not worried about the outside noise
"I'm not worried about speculation or what others are saying outside our locker room," said Darnold, who has yet to pass for more than 230 yards in a game.
"For me, I'm worried about playing good football down the stretch." Darnold missed four games this season due to an injury but the Jets lost each nine games in which he played. This past Sunday, Darnold failed to get the Jets offense going as the Seattle Seahawks thrashed New York 40-3.
"This is the tough part of our profession," Jets head coach Adam Gase said. "These are things sometimes you have to go through as a player, especially as a quarterback. You have to find a way to help your guys get better and find a way to put points on the board, find ways to move the football.
"I don't think him stepping away is going to be helpful. I think he's got to keep pushing, keep fighting through. We've got to get all our guys to rally around him, especially offensively, and do things better as a group."