Jonotthan Harrison, Sam Darnold
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold and center Jonotthan Harrison are establishing a great connection both on and off the field. 

One of the unique bonds that’s absolutely needed for a dominant offense in football is the quarterback-center connection. Those two guys need to get on the same page with everything on the field. If not, the entire offensive gameplan may not go as planned.

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold and center Jonotthan Harrison are doing great when it comes to establishing that bond. Harrison told Eric Allen of the team’s website this week how much he appreciates his quarterback.

“Sam’s my guy,” Harrison said of Darnold. “Off the field, we’re good friends, we might hang out and go grab a bite or something and we’ll text each other. Sam’s just a great guy and I love the way he plays. I always put it as he still has a little backyard football in him. He understands everything going on, but if he needs to make something happen, he’s great at making something happen.”

Darnold will appreciate the guys he has around him this season. He now has Pro Bowl running back Le’Veon Bell with him, a receiving group with nice potential, and a new head coach in Adam Gase.

However, it’s his center who he enjoys appreciating. Harrison is in the middle of the entire offensive set, having a great amount of responsibility for how this offensive line performs as a whole. Darnold notices how important it is to be on the same page as Harrison.

“You want to be close to everyone that you’re working with. But, there is kind of that center-quarterback – you really want to be on the same page every single play,” Darnold said. “For us to kind of have that bond on and off the field, it’s awesome and it makes things a lot easier out there on the field.”

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.