Sam Darnold isn’t taking the bait.
The NFL schedule makers wasted no time in having Darnold face the Jets in Week 1 subsequent season, his first recreation in a Panthers uniform since he was traded. However not surprisingly, the previous No. 3 choose of the Jets is downplaying the private facet of the sport.
“I feel it’s a extremely good alternative – a superb alternative for this workforce to exit and show ourselves towards a superb opponent,” Darnold advised reporters final week. “For me as a competitor, I’m going to go on the market and compete regardless of who the opponent is, in order that’s type of my mindset on it.”
The sport will likely be in Carolina, so Darnold’s return to MetLife Stadium should wait.
Darnold, not way back thought-about to be the Jets’ subsequent franchise quarterback, spent three shedding seasons in Florham Park earlier than the group traded him in April. It cleared the best way for the Jets to draft BYU quarterback Zach Wilson with the No. 2 choose.
The 23-year-old Darnold additionally took the excessive street in his first press convention as a Panther when talking about how issues ended with the Jets.
“Anytime you go someplace, and also you set lofty targets and people targets aren’t met, that’s all the time robust for me,” Darnold mentioned in April. “After I heard the information that they wished to commerce me, it was robust. Anytime you’re not wished someplace, that’s all the time a tricky tablet to swallow. However then it was the other feeling. You go from being undesirable after which swiftly, the folks in Carolina wished me and clearly traded for me. You go from being undesirable to wished.”