Joe Douglas did not take Sam Darnold traded lightly, and the Jets GM recognized how difficult it was to tell the quarterback that he had been traded to the Panthers.
“[T]he swallowed a hard moment for me to call Sam, “ Douglas told SIs Albert Breer. “You know how much work and dedication he has put in the last three years here, how many tough situations he has been through and never wavered with his confidence. Still, once we had the call, I know in his heart that he feels he was the right guy to turn this franchise around. I just have so much admiration for how he carries himself. ”
During the interview with Breer, Douglas revealed that the front office took the time to decide how to proceed on quarterback. While the team would normally have finished their scouting much earlier in the offseason, they did not get a chance to see the best quarterback prospects in person until the end of March. Eventually, the organization decided that they would feel comfortable taking a signal call with number 2.
“I do not know how each team approaches a quarterback [evaluation]”
We explored some of GM’s other soundbites earlier tonight, including the fact that the Jets had a competitive offer for Darnold earlier in the low season.
Some more notes out of New York:
- Joseph Person and Connor Hughes of The Athletic provided a detailed timeline for the Darnold deal, which goes back to the Jets’ season-ending loss to the Patriots in early January. Among the notable revelations from the article was the fact that the Panthers’ starting bid for the quarterback was a fourth round, while the Jets initially requested a first round (even if it was conditional). Douglas considered holding out until after the draft in pursuit of the first, but he ultimately decided to avoid the risk of the Panthers turning to a rookie or another veteran quarterback.
- BYU quarterback Zach Wilson is the favorite to be selected as number two by the Jets. Wilson underwent shoulder surgery back in 2019, but NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport tweets that the team still has no concern for the shoulder, especially after receiving positive news from a recent physical. Based on advice from “reliable medical sources, “Has the organization”zero questions about Wilson’s shoulder, ”per. RapSheet.
- The sixth-round pick of 2020, which the Panthers sent to the Jets in the Darnold deal, is a compensatory choice according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini (on Twitter). This election comes together at No. 226.
- We learned earlier tonight that the Jets signed the cornerback Bennett Jackson. The sixth round in 2014 did not appear in a regular season game until the 2019 season, when he appeared in six games with the Jets and Ravens. He appeared in four games this season for New York and collected a single tackle.