Darnold has missed the last three games with mono. All three were Jets losses where the team was uncompetitive and historically inept on offense.
There is not much doubt that Darnold will help the offense. His replacements, Trevor Siemian and Luke Falk, struggled mightily in his place. Darnold’s ability to extend plays should also prove handy with an offensive line that hasn’t been able to effectively block opponents. Siemian and Falk were not able to do much once their protection broke down.
Quarterback was far from the only issue the Jets have had. Darnold’s return might come too late to save the season, but it at least adds some excitement for Sunday’s game.
As Dan Jeremiah notes, the pressure should be off.
Getting mono will end up being a blessing for Sam Darnold. Now everyone knows what this team looks like without him. Takes some of the pressure off his shoulders.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) October 7, 2019