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Sam Darnold (QB, NYJ) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

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ANALYSIS: Raise your hand if you thought the New York Jets offense was an abject disaster before Sunday's win over the Cowboys.


That's what I thought. With Sam Darnold (mono) out, the Jets looked so lost that even getting Darnold back felt like something that wouldn't help them improve. It was a lost year for the Jets.

And then a funny thing happened: Darnold returned, and he reminded us all of why he was an early pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Darnold was 23-for-32 passing the ball, finishing with 338 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He helped the Jets get an early lead on the Dallas Cowboys and made the Jets look suddenly like an offense with some life. There's a reason Darnold was getting sleeper hype before this season, and it's clear that mono didn't sap him of his passing skills.

Now, will he be a 300-yard passer every week? Probably not. But this is a team that has some solid offensive weapons -- Le'Veon Bell, Robby Anderson, Demaryius Thomas, Chris Herndon -- that Darnold can take advantage of, which should make him a high-end QB2, especially when you factor in that this team will be playing from behind a good bit of the time and will need to pass the football.

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