Everybody in the media is attaching their name to Sam Darnold‘s breakout in 2020. Although he could bust out, be careful who you listen to.
Sam Darnold will be that breakout NFL star in 2020. Adam Schein is just the latest media member to attach his name to that sentiment.
Great. Now what?
While we at Jet X love Darnold and his chances to bust out this coming season, it’s important to remember how critical it is to break it down the right way. Made the effort to find the content that’ll allow you an insight into Darnold’s actual game.
By Week 1, you should know some things. Is Darnold’s sloppy footwork much-improved? Is he still stepping in a bucket (throwing from an open stance)? Is he still forcing the ball to his pre-snap read rather than flowing through his post-snap progressions?
It’s this stuff that’ll provide you the answer to Darnold’s bust-out chances in 2020.
For instance, the following film breakdown showcases Darnold’s pre-snap freedom. In D.C. against the Washington Redskins, head coach Adam Gase allowed Darnold the freedom to change things at the line of scrimmage (something that was hit and miss during the season). Whether or not he changed the play, we don’t know. But the mere fact he changed the formation took advantage of Ryan Kerrigan playing a 7-technique.
This is the stuff Sam Darnold needs to do more in year No. 3. Last training camp under the tent, Adam Gase told @RichCimini Darnold would have pre-snap freedom. It was hit and miss during the season.
Here, he changes either the play or formation for a nice result in D.C. #Jets pic.twitter.com/8bES9QGWtV
— Robby Sabo (@RobbySabo) June 15, 2020
The boot off the outside-zone play-action led to a great situation on second-and-1 and an eventual chunk to Jamison Crowder.
Considering it’s the middle of June, the media is bored as hell. Stories will come out that attempt to play on the fan’s emotions. Be aware of that tactic and find/consume the real content that’ll help you understand Darnold’s chances in 2020.
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