FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The New York Jets are keeping their quarterback plans a secret, but broad receiver Corey Davis said Tuesday that he signed with the team based on a belief that Sam Darnold will return as a starter.
“Obviously, I come to my understanding that Sam is the guy,” Davis said on a Zoom call with reporters. “I’m not scared at all. I’ve seen Sam do great things and I have all faith in him. Whichever direction you choose, I need to make sure I’m ready.”
Darnold’s uncertain status is one of the biggest issues of the NFL off-season.
In public, the jets were non-committal and said they were open to trade inquiries. In fact, several teams called. New York also holds number 2 in the NFL draft where it could pick Darnold’s replacement. From us Zach Wilson is seen as the leading contender.
Davis, who signed a three-year deal for $ 37.5 million, said he was dying to play with Darnold, the NFL’s lowest-rated passerby in 2020.
“He’s obviously a great leader,” said Davis of the third election in 2018. “I’ve heard a few things that only spoke to the guys on the team. I’m looking forward to playing with him. He’s a Competitor. Obviously we can both learn from each other. He’s young and we both grow. We can grow together. “
The Jets kept their strategy so secret that it is unlikely that they formulated a final plan for Davis during the recruitment process. It helps them guess them all and gain leverage on trade talks.
One scenario to be considered is to keep Darnold and trade second choice to a team in need of quarterback for additional capital. The Jets also have the 23rd and 34th selections, and General Manager Joe Douglas may be looking for more options to fill several holes in the list.
Recent free agent moves suggest the Darnold market may dry up as the Chicago Bears and Washington Football Team – both viewed as potential candidates – have signed Andy Dalton and Ryan Fitzpatrick, respectively.
Davis made it clear: he expects to catch balls from Darnold in the fall.
“Yes, that is my understanding,” he said. “Right.”
Davis, number 5 in 2017, had a disappointing run with the Tennessee Titans, but he’s had his best season – 65 catches for 984 yards.
He was made by A.J. Brown, but he believes he is a No. 1 recipient.
“I consider myself wide receiver 1 …” he said. “I feel like I can do anything. I feel like a 1000 yard recipient.”