Christopher Johnson, the Jets ‘ acting owner, heaped enormous public expectations onto rookie quarterback Sam Darnold’s shoulders Tuesday.
But Johnson thinks Darnold — whom the Jets drafted third overall — can handle that pressure, and the pressure of playing in this market, just fine.
I think people are going to look back Andrew Heaney Jersey 20 years from now and say that this is the moment that the Jets shifted into a new gear and became a great team, Johnson said at BTIG Charity Day. I think we’ve got a real future with this kid, and he isn’t even 21 yet. We might have a long time with this young man. I hope so, because right now, I think he is really our future.
He’s so good at playing football when everything goes wrong, when the pocket collapses, Johnson said. When it all goes to hell, he can throw across his body, he throw when his feet are in the wrong place. He can do a lot of things that are hard to teach. There are only a handful of times in a game when your feet are in the right place. So it’s nice when you have a quarterback who can do that. I think it bodes well for our future.
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As for Darnold’s laid-back personality, Johnson said, He’s not a flashy guy. I think he’s a good fit with New York. There’s nothing about him that looks like he has that deer-in-headlights feel. I think he’ll be fine.
Ingram, who led the Saints in rushing last season with 1,124 yards, is eligible to return to the Saints ‘ active roster on Monday, Oct. 1, following the team’s Sept. 30 matchup against the Giants. In addition to the Giants, Ingram will miss games against the Buccaneers, Browns and Falcons.
While pending the four-game suspension, Ingram is allowed to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
Ingram hasn’t been around the team facility during voluntary offseason conditioning, however, and he won’t be around for the voluntary OTAs, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday’s NFL Up To The Minute.
Rapoport adds the suspension has hung over Ingram for several weeks and the Saints were aware of the situation before the league’s annual three-day selection process.
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They did know before the draft, Rapoport said. They never quite can tell if the player is going to win an appeal or not. He’s been battling this for the last several weeks. He found out today he did not win his appeal.