Jets OC on Darnold: ‘We’re throwing everything at him’

The New York Jets have a good problem at quarterback: Multiple options.
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After drafting Sam Darnold with the No. 3 overall pick, the Jets owned the luxury of allowing him to learn behind veteran Josh McCown. Then Teddy Bridgewater began turning heads in offseason workouts.

In a perfect world, Darnold would win the starting gig outright, McCown would mentor the rookie through any rough patches, and the Jets would trade Bridgewater for draft capital. Perfect scenarios rarely happen in the NFL, but the Jets are finally in a solid place with their signal-callers.

Heading into training camp, Darnold taking a step towards corralling the starting gig should provide a breath of fresh air for Jets fans long-suffocated by their QB play.

Through his first two seasons, Elliott has already been the workhorse. It’s debatable whether it is even responsible in the long-term to up his workload much more. In 10 games in 2017, Elliott averaged 24.2 carries per game. For comparison, the top two running backs, Le’Veon Bell and LeSean McCoy, earned 21.4 and 17.9 totes per tussle, respectively. During his rookie campaign, Elliott led the NFL with 322 carries in 15 regular-season tilts, 21.5 per game.

Perhaps the Cowboys leaned on Elliott more last season anticipating his six-game suspension. Had Elliott played a full 16-game slate in 2017, he was on pace to carry Derek Watt Womens Jersey the rock 387 times. The last running back to earn more than 330 carries in one season was DeMarco Murray ‘s 392 with Dallas in 2014 — it took a year for Murray’s legs to recover from that workload.

With the Cowboys receiver corps in flux, Dallas anticipates leaning on Zeke heavily, at least to open the season. For a tailback who has notoriously been out of shape early in training camps, hitting the ground running is key. RBs coach Gary Brown relayed what the told Elliott heading into training camp.

Come in and be in the best shape of your life, Brown said. Be ready to get a lot of carries early. It is Craig Robertson Jersey going to be a situation where defenses are going to try to stop us. They are going to try their best, but they are not going to be able to.