Sometimes the difference between getting quality quarterback play and not getting quality quarterback play comes in a subtle form.With that in mind
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, I wanted to draw your attention to one throw Sam Darnold made on Friday night against the Falcons. What he did on this throw was easy to miss. It wasn’t a particularly important play in the game, but it is an encouraging sign to see Darnold understanding one of the subtleties of the position so soon.Darnold was looking for Tre McBride on an in breaking route.Darnold doesn’t lead McBride. The receiver has to stop to catch it rather than catching it in stride.At this point you might be wondering, “John, isn’t the quarterback supposed to hit the receiver in stride?”In many instances the answer is yes
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, but this is not always the case. Take a closer look at this play. There is a defender bearing down on McBride. If Darnold puts the ball further to the inside, McBride would have had a shot to catch it in stride, but the defender would have had a chance to lay a big hit on Darnold’s receiver. That is the type of thing that can result in the ball being dislodged or even injury. The receiver and defender were approximately the same distance from that spot.I hope you don’t misunderstand what I am saying here. I am not suggesting we enshrine Sam Darnold in the Hall of Fame because he completed this pass in his first preseason game.My point here is some of what separates good quarterbacks from bad quarterbacks in this league lives in the nuances of the position. It is certainly a good sign that Darnold understands something like this as he is entering the NFL.Jets vs Eagles Second Half Thread So, that first half was ... something. The Jets backups on defense dominated the action. Some nice pass breakups
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, a little pressure, a sack or two, a couple of interceptions by Juston Burris and J.J. Wilcox gift wrapped by old friend Christian Hackenberg, and the Jets forged a 3-0 lead. The new kicker Jason Myers helped his cause with a long 58 yard field goal.On offense Jets receivers were plagued with drops
, drops everywhere and not a catch in sight.Just two more quarters of fake football to go now. Try to cherish every moment. The preseason always goes by much too fast. Before you know it the games are all grown up and for real and they never call home any more and ... sniff ... sniff ... dang it I promised myself I wouldn’t cry.Anyway, enjoy the final half of preseason Jets football. It just doesn’t get any better than this.