New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has announced his retirement, ending one of the NFL’s most dominant and colourful careers.
When you think of young elite QBs, Sam Darnold may not be your first choice.
He may not even be your fifth choice considering his struggles this year. Interceptions and fumbles held together by inconsistent play may only strengthen your stance on this young QB from USC but what if your not seeing the whole picture.
His stat line isn’t that of legend but it does show flashes of something for the future.
Remember he is in his first season and doesn’t have the kind of team that oozes greatness. I mean Robby Anderson is your No. 1 receiver in fantasy and most casual fans can’t name many of the others. His future needs weapons on offense, but it may not take much.
Darnold has had a few great throws and some of his 15 interceptions this year weren’t his fault but he has been steadily improving through out the year.
Granted, he has only eclipsed 300-yards in the air twice this year but that shouldn’t stop him from improving in other ways.
He has one interception to six touchdowns in the last three weeks which is night and day from his start.
Adding 49 yards during that time and no fumbles all point to steady improvement.
Jared Goff started his rookie season with seven games and a stat line that was five touchdowns to seven interceptions, but just like Darnold he had a love for the game that flowed from his play.
Now look to the Chicago Bears and Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky started his rookie season riding a train that was on fire but he turned it into a sophomore season where the fire sparked improvement.
Darnold is on a team that needs weapons and has been vocal about looking to free agency to get them.
He is also one of the few players that has a true passion for his craft and when you put all those things together you get a recipe for success.
Now sprinkle in a losing experience that will give him the want to try harder and grow his abilities. Darnold may not be much now but with the love for his sport and valuable game experience he could be the next big thing.