New York Jets second-year quarterback Sam Darnold is turning to video of Peyton Manning for how to improve under center in 2019.
Jets first-year head coach Adam Gase informed reporters of what Darnold was doing, including Eric Allen of the Jets’ official website.
“He can watch concepts. I think he’s just taking it in a little bit at a time and he’s picking certain things to watch, whether it’s a conceptual thing, protections, footwork or certain routes,” Gase said. “We have it broken down so many ways. I just think he’s trying to pick certain points that he wants to improve on.”
Specifically, Darnold is watching video of Manning during his 2013 and 2014 seasons with the Denver Broncos. This is not only when Manning had an MVP season, but when Gase was his offensive coordinator. Gase also said Darnold is watching video of Jay Cutler, who had Gase as his OC in Chicago in 2015.
Simply put, this should only equal good things for Sam Darnold. He threw for 2,865 yards and had 17 touchdowns to 15 interceptions as a rookie last year. He missed three games with an injury as the Jets stumbled to a 4-12 record.
Seeing as how Peyton Manning is the all-time leading quarterback in most categories, including career touchdown-passes, Darnold could certainly do worse than watching tape of him ahead of his sophomore season.