Former USC quarterback Sam Darnold was shaky in his first practice with the New York Jets on Friday. Yet, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft realizes it’s a process to get acclimated.
Darnold botched three snaps and threw one interception in his first rookie minicamp practice, per ESPN. He did have some good moments, but the quarterback is chalking up his first day as a learning experience.
“I embrace that,” Darnold said, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “But I understand every single day is a process. You have to come in here and earn respect. I’m not going to come in here and demand it.
“I just have to come in here, understanding the position I’m in. I’m a rookie — I understand that — but at the same time, I’m a quarterback, and I have to be a leader on the field and off it as well.”
Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan left the door open for Darnold to start as a rookie. Right now, veteran quarterback Josh McCown is penciled in as the team’s starter and Teddy Bridgewater is the No. 2 quarterback.
We’ll see if Darnold will progress up New York’s depth chart. Day 1 was a learning experience.