• Crissy Froyd

What does the Jets' QB situation look like heading into 2020?

The New York Jets couldn't ask for more depth at quarterback this season behind Sam Darnold, equipped with a veteran presence, a strong rookie prospect and two other players in the mix.


Darnold could be in for a bounceback year, and the Jets can be confident in what they have in the case he goes down with an injury as well.


Here's a further dive into what the Jets look like at quarterback heading into the 2020 season:


Sam Darnold


Last year wasn't exactly ideal for Darnold.


He missed three games with mononucleosis, and played behind a struggling offensive line that saw 11 different starters and a host of combinations. Despite this, Darnold still managed to improve his numbers in just about every area compared to his first year.


His completion percentage rose from 57.7% to 61.9%, and his touchdown-to-interception ratio went from 17-to-15 to 19-to-13. There's still some work to be done, but it's easy to spot an upward trend.


He could be poised to make a statement in 2020, and is in a good position to do just that.


"Darnold is going to be good," NFL Network's Peter Schrager said. "I have full faith and confidence that Sam Darnold has been working out and he's going to have a big bounce back year."


Joe Flacco

The 35-year-old has never been to a Pro Bowl, despite having thrown for 40,067 yards and 218 touchdowns over 171 regular-season appearances and a Super Bowl MVP title.


The 6-foot-6-inch, 245-pounder certainly checks the box for having an NFL frame, and


Despite some of the high levels of success he's reached in his career, Flacco has seen a lot of ups-and-downs, especially since he suffered a torn ACL and MCL back in 2015.


Flacco doesn't bring a great amount of mobility and athleticism to the table, given his surgically repaired knee and age, but he does impress with his arm strength and set a career mark with a completion percentage of 65.3% last season.


He'll look to get his bearings once more with the change of scenery.


James Morgan

Morgan enters a strong situation as a rookie, with Darnold and a seasoned quarterback to learn from while he adjusts to the league.


He may not have gotten the same amount of hype as some of the other quarterback prospects in this class did, but he brings a lot to the table -- especially in terms of intelligence.


“I really think I can throw it the best in this class. My intelligence is at the top,” he told me ahead of the draft. “On the field, my arm strength is huge. It allows me to make throws into tight windows and I have anticipation and the ability to accurately put the football where I want to put it. I feel confident with my arm, and I’m not scared to make any throw on the field.”


His intangibles are equally notable.


“I feel some of my biggest strengths are my dedication, my preparation, my work ethic and my leadership," he said. "I’m in love with the game, I really am, I absolutely enjoy it. I’m hopefully getting the chance to do this as a profession and just studying the strategic elements and defenses — I love getting into that.”


Bottom Line


Expect Darnold to enter the season as the starter, with Flacco backing him up.


Morgan will be a player to keep an eye on in coming seasons, and the team also still has Mike White and David Fales to work with for the third-string spot and beyond, depending on how many quarterbacks the team chooses to hold onto.


Morgan shows a lot of upside for the long-term future, and there's no doubting his work ethic or ability to learn an offense. Flacco should play a large role in his development as well.

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