Mehta: Inside look at Sam Darnold's performance in Jets' second preseason game

Mehta: Inside look at Sam Darnold's performance in Jets' second preseason game

Forget about Darnold’s stats (8 for 11, 62 yards, 1 INT, 48.3 rating in three drives) in the second preseason game against Washington. There were plenty of encouraging signs as the organization continues the evaluation process for the young signal caller. While it’s easy to suggest that Darnold is screwed behind a highly questionable offensive line at the moment, decision makers glean plenty of valuable intel in those situations.

Sam Darnold shows his human side in first-ever start as a Jet, but not to worry

Sam Darnold shows his human side in first-ever start as a Jet, but not to worry

Remember: Darnold’s “wow” moments in the preseason opener against the Falcons were born out of shaky offensive line play that prompted him to escape collapsed pockets. Darnold’s mobility, one of his best traits, will mitigate some of the offensive line issues, but the Jets are potentially playing with fire. Gang Green can’t afford to go down the same path as the Colts, who made poor investments in their line and neglected to correct them before disaster struck. The result: Andrew Luck took a beating for years before missing last season due to injury.

5 key questions as Jets ready for second preseason game vs. Washington

5 key questions as Jets ready for second preseason game vs. Washington

“I gave him some cheese,” Norman said of one play in which he tried to fool Darnold. “He held it, and he was going to throw it, and he pulled it back and I jumped back real fast, and I was like, you little devil. OK, I see you working really good right now. I couldn’t bait him like I wanted to, and he saw it and he read it out, and he read it out like a vet. You tip your hat to a guy like that, learning at an early age when guys are messing with him and when they’re not. It’s pretty awesome.”