Sam Darnold
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The New York Jets may have finally found their franchise quarterback and Adam Gase has an interesting way to describe Sam Darnold’s passing.

Adam Gase is all in on the New York Jets‘ most exciting young star in recent memory. He thinks Sam Darnold is the real deal.

“He’s 22 years old and he can throw the piss out of the ball. It’s fun. It’s fun to call plays,” Gase said via Rich Cimini of ESPN.

That’s one way to describe Darnold’s arm. The head coach was brought in, in large part, to make sure Darnold develops into an elite quarterback who can make the Jets a consistent contender.

The young quarterback is “ready to roll.”

“First of all, I’m ready to roll,” Darnold told reporters on Saturday. “Obviously, there’s a lot of practices left in training camp and leading up to the preseason…I’m ready to roll. I’m excited. I think this team is poised to do great things this year, but it really starts one week at a time and one day at a time.

“That’s our mindset right now. And for me, I have higher expectations than anyone for myself. It’s just about going out there executing, finding completions, and doing my thing every single play.”

Despite his youth, Darnold already sounds like a veteran at the podium. Furthermore, he showed flashes of brilliance during his rookie season.

His yearly numbers were more or less average. He threw for 2,865 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions in 13 games.

However, his final three games in 2018 are the real reason why Jets fans should be excited. After returning from injury, Darnold was the highest-rated quarterback in the league over the course of the last three weeks, per Pro Football Focus.

During that time, Darnold threw for five touchdowns against just one turnover—a Week 17 fumble in a rout at the hands of the New England Patriots.

Gase knows he has someone special at quarterback.

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