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Sam Darnold is setting Week 5 as the target date for his return to the New York Jets and he’s confident he’ll be healthy by then.

The New York Jets were dealt a crushing blow after Week 1 when they found out that Sam Darnold would miss multiple weeks with mononucleosis.

The second-year quarterback spoke with reporters on Wednesday to talk about how he felt Week 1 against the Bills, in addition to what his plans are moving forward. He is pegging a Week 5 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles as a possible return date and he’s confident he can reach that goal.

“I was doing everything I could to psyche myself up and get ready for the game,” Darnold admitted about the Bills game.

He would look forward to his eventual return and although he’s not guaranteeing anything, he’s confident in his current target.

“I have full confidence that I’ll be ready for the Eagles game,” Darnold said. “I’m not going to promise anything because I don’t know where exactly this mono thing is going. But that’s the goal that the doctors have set and that’s the goal that I’ve set.”

The Jets are 0-2 and in serious jeopardy of dropping to 0-3 with a game against the vaunted New England Patriots looming.

However, their bye in Week 4 couldn’t come at a better time. No matter what, it gives the Jets a little cushion for Darnold and saves at least one game of his season.

It feels like doom and gloom at 1 Jets Drive right now, but the return of a healthy Darnold can help solve a lot of the team’s current problems.

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