Five quarterbacks were taken in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. And throughout the preseason, one of the biggest storylines has centered on which ones would be able to land starting jobs for Week 1.
Now, in a move that has been widely expected, the New York Jets have officially named Sam Darnold as their QB1 to kick the year.
OFFICIAL: QB Sam Darnold will open the season as the starter. pic.twitter.com/IOgb1B6yNc— New York Jets (@nyjets) September 3, 2018
Darnold was the third overall pick and the second quarterback taken in the draft. For a little while in the preseason it looked like he wasn't going to get the chance, however once the Jets traded Teddy Bridgewater to the Saints it became clear that they were planning on starting Darnold.
Josh Allen, whom the Bills took with the seventh pick, looked like he might have a chance once A.J. McCarron got hurt and then was traded, but the Bills announced earlier today that they are planning on starting Nathan Peterman for Week 1.
Sam Darnold the only rookie QB headed for a Week 1 start. Josh Allen barely got 1st team reps through much of the summer. No surprise he begins season as the back-up— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 3, 2018
As for Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen, and Lamar Jackson, they are all for the moment stuck behind established NFL quarterbacks.
Darnold will be in the spotlight right off the bat, as the Jets visit the Lions on Monday Night Football.