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Sam Darnold: “I understand it’s a long process.”

NFL: New York Jets at Jacksonville Jaguars Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold penned an open letter to fans on the team’s official website. The rookie acknowledges the up and down nature to the first quarter of his first NFL season.

It’s nice to see the quarterback communicate directly to fans, but all that really matters is that he improves and grows into a top notch starter.

You may not always see it, but I hate losing more than I like winning.

Deep down, winning is everything to me. I’m not going to show too much emotion, but that’s the way my competitive nature is. It’s that fiery passion I have for the game or my competitiveness in general. Whether it’s a board game or a football game on a Sunday, it’s the same for me.

With that being said, these last four weeks have been challenging. I thought I’ve played okay, but there’s definitely room to grow. I understand it’s a long process. I’m going to continue to grow and develop as a quarterback thanks to the help of many people, including my coach/brother/uncle and everything in between — Josh McCown.

Click here to read the full letter.