Corey Davis Says He Signed Jets Contract Expecting Sam Darnold to Be NYJ's QB

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IIMarch 23, 2021

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis celebrates after scoring against the Detroit Lions during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Nashville, N.C. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Wide receiver Corey Davis, who signed with the New York Jets as a free agent, is under the impression that Sam Darnold will be his quarterback heading into the 2021 season, even though the Jets have plenty of avenues to change that if they decide to this offseason.

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Asked again if he signed with the Jets believing that Sam Darnold will be his QB in 2021, new Jets WR Corey Davis said "Yes, that’s my understanding."

The Jets are reportedly listening to trade offers for Darnold, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini, and they are also in a position to select his replacement with the No. 2 pick in the upcoming NFL draft. 

Darnold, the Jets' No. 3 pick out of USC in 2018, had the league's worst passer rating (72.7) in 2020. He posted a career-low 2,208 yards and nine touchdowns with a 59.6 completion percentage. 

Davis, who spent his first four seasons with the Tennessee Titans, signed a three-year, $37.5 million deal with the Jets, fresh off a career year in which he posted 65 catches for 984 yards—both second on the team behind A.J. Brown. 

"I've heard a few things just talking to guys on the team," Davis said, per Cimini. "I'm looking forward to playing with him. He's a competitor. Obviously, we can both learn from each other. He's young, and we're both growing. We can grow together."

As far as trading Darnold, there may be fewer potential suitors now as teams that were looking to fill a hole at quarterback have found a solution elsewhere. The Chicago Bears decided to go with Andy Dalton, and Washington signed former Miami Dolphins starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. 

The Jets' first-round pick gives them a plethora of options, with BYU's Zach Wilson, Ohio State's Justin Fields, North Dakota State's Trey Lance and Alabama's Mac Jones all possible replacements, and that's assuming the Jacksonville Jaguars go with Clemson star Trevor Lawrence at No. 1 as expected. 

But if they're committed to Darnold, they could also trade that pick. They'll have plenty of opportunity to secure top talent since they also hold the Nos. 23 and 34 selections in the first two rounds.


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