CINCINNATI, OHIO - DECEMBER 01: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York jets during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 01, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold hits the beach with Jordan Palmer to work on his footwork and the arm.

Dudes on the west coast with free-flowing hair throwing footballs on the beach? If you didn’t know any better, you might think the following video is a scene from the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick trailer.

It’s not. Instead, the beach-goer is Sam Darnold, a man looking to improve his footwork on a sunny California day.

Darnold, 22, has been in Southern California since the lockdowns began. The USC product was stationed down the street from fellow 2018 draft class quarterback and Buffalo Bills slinger Josh Allen as well as Washington Redskins quarterback Kyle Allen.


Darnold and the two Allens hit the beach recently to work on a few drills with quarterback instructor Jordan Palmer, who posted the clip of the beach evidence on his Instagram story.

Darnold is looking to take a massive leap in year No. 3 after two ordinary seasons without much help. In 13 games a year ago, the New York Jets franchise face put up 3,024 yards and 19 touchdowns to 13 interceptions (61.9 completion percentage) in another 13 contests. His rookie season saw him go for 2,865 yards and 17 scores to 15 picks (57.7 completion percentage).

With a porous offensive line and a changing offense from year one to two, it’s tough to fully evaluate Darnold’s production over his first two years in the league. Joe Douglas has made sure to avoid that issue as much as possible moving forward.

With Mekhi Becton and revamped offensive line in front, Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims added to the outside, and La’Mical Perine and Frank Gore in the backfield, the beach-throwing quarterback should finally have a shot to flourish in 2020.

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Darnold played only 13 games in 2019