Sam Darnold, the third pick of the draft, looks like a veteran in his first NFL preseason action

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold was as good as advertised, at least for one preseason game.

A day after Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, the first pick of April’s draft, shined at MetLife Stadium against the New York Giants, Darnold played very well for the Jets. Darnold, the third pick of the draft, finished 13-of-18 for 96 yards, slowing down (and mostly handing off) in the second half when he was playing with mostly players well down the depth chart. Darnold was excellent in the first half. He was 9-of-11 for 74 yards and a touchdown before halftime, in about half of a quarter.

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The Jets have been looking for a permanent answer at quarterback for many years. They were fortunate the Giants passed on Darnold to draft running back Saquon Barkley at No. 2 overall. It was just one preseason game, but Darnold didn’t look like a rookie playing his first NFL snaps.

None of the five first-round rookie quarterbacks are expected right now to start Week 1 of the regular season. But Darnold might have the best shot, especially after

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