Jets' Shawn Jefferson on 'Accurate as S--t' Sam Darnold: 'He's a F--king Dude'

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 13, 2019

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold models the NFL football team's new
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If the indications from New York Jets minicamp are any indication, Sam Darnold is poised to have a breakout second season. 

Jets wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson had an expletive-filled rave review of the quarterback Thursday, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News

"Excuse my French ... but he's a f--king dude," Jefferson said. 'He's a f--king dude with a f--king arm. And he's accurate as s--t. So, excuse that. ... It's awesome to be around a guy like that."

The Jets bet their future on Darnold last year by selecting him No. 3 overall. They gave up three second-round picks and swapped first-rounders with the Indianapolis Colts to move up three spots. 

Darnold showed promise as a rookie with 2,865 yards and 17 touchdowns in 13 starts. However, his first NFL season wasn't a completely smooth ride. He tied for the second-most interceptions in the league (15), and his 57.7 completion percentage was the worst among quarterbacks with at least 400 attempts.

The Jets did help Darnold this offseason by surrounding him with better playmakers. Free-agent acquisition Le'Veon Bell is a dynamic running back who is also an excellent receiver out of the backfield. They also added Jamison Crowder to a receiving corps that already had Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa. 

If Darnold has improved his accuracy, he should improve upon his numbers this season and give the Jets hope as they look to get back into playoff contention for the first time since 2010.