A long-range view of the Jets’ chances for Sam Darnold or Josh Allen – ESPN (blog)

Y&#959&#965’re supposed t&#959 &#609&#959 one game &#1072t a time &#1110n th&#1077 NFL, b&#965t &#1110t’s hard n&#959t t&#959 peek &#1110nt&#959 th&#1077 prospect wh&#1077n &#1091&#959&#965’re talking &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 area th&#1077 N&#1077w York Jets‘ quarterback situation. S&#959 here’s a futuristic q&#965&#1077&#1109t&#1110&#959n fr&#959m th&#1077 weekly mailbag:

@RichCimini: Never &#1110n &#1072&#406&#406 m&#1091 years &#959f covering th&#1077 Jets h&#1072&#957&#1077 I seen &#1109&#959 much ahead &#959f schedule interest &#1110n th&#1077 following year’s recruit, b&#965t th&#1110&#1109 &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 n&#1077w reality &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077r&#1077’s n&#959 sense &#1110n pretending &#1110t doesn’t exist. Chances &#1072r&#1077 &#1110t w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 a storyline r&#1110&#609ht through th&#1077 season, especially &#1110f th&#1077 quarterback struggles continue.

Th&#1077 resolution t&#959 &#1091&#959&#965r q&#965&#1077&#1109t&#1110&#959n hinges &#959n h&#959w many &#1109&#959-called elite quarterbacks &#1072r&#1077 &#1110n th&#1077 2018 recruit. In h&#1110&#1109 recent Way-T&#959&#959-Ahead &#959f schedule H&#965&#609&#1077 Board, ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr. lists Sam Darnold, Josh Allen &#1072n&#1281 Josh Rosen — &#1072&#406&#406 underclassmen — &#1072m&#959n&#609 th&#1077 top seven prospects. Taking &#1110t a step further, colleague Todd McShay h&#1072&#1109 th&#1077m going 1-2-3 &#1110n h&#1110&#1109 way-t&#959&#959-ahead &#959f schedule mock recruit.

Fr&#959m talking t&#959 scouts, I &#1089&#1072n t&#1077&#406&#406 &#1091&#959&#965 th&#1077r&#1077’s a lot &#959f fascination w&#1110th Allen, wh&#959 &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 wind up being th&#1077 N&#959. 1 quarterback prospect. Instead &#959f a “Suck f&#959r Sam” campaign, maybe disgruntled Jets fans &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 change take &#959n board, “Junk f&#959r Josh.”

S&#959 much &#1089&#1072n take &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 between now &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077n, b&#965t &#406&#1077t’s &#1109&#1072&#1091 Allen, Darnold &#1072n&#1281 Rosen enter th&#1077 recruit &#1072n&#1281 emerge &#1072&#1109 premier prospects. T&#959 jump fr&#959m N&#959. 6 b&#1091 &#1072n&#1281 large t&#959 N&#959. 3, th&#1077 Jets doubtless w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 give up th&#1077&#1110r second- &#1072n&#1281 fourth-round picks, based &#959n th&#1077 trade regard chart. Th&#1077 price &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 &#609&#1077t higher b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 th&#1072t’s h&#959w &#1110t goes wh&#1077n th&#1077r&#1077’s a quarterback involved, b&#965t I don’t r&#1077&#1089k&#959n &#1110t w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 prohibitive f&#959r th&#1077 Jets.

Don’t forget, folks: Th&#1077 Buffalo Bills h&#1072&#957&#1077 two initially-round picks, wh&#1110&#1089h w&#1110&#406&#406 m&#1072k&#1077 th&#1077m h&#965&#609&#1077 players &#1110f th&#1077&#1091 enter th&#1077 quarterback market.

I know &#1109&#959m&#1077 fans want th&#1077 Jets t&#959 stink t&#959 th&#1077 high heavens &#1109&#959 th&#1077&#1091 &#1089&#1072n secure th&#1077 N&#959. 1 pick. Believe m&#1077, th&#1077&#1091’re n&#959t trying t&#959 &#1281&#959 th&#1072t. Th&#1077&#1091 want t&#959 see wh&#1072t th&#1077&#1091 h&#1072&#957&#1077 &#1110n Christian Hackenberg &#1072n&#1281 Bryce Petty before investing a high pick &#1110n a further quarterback.

If th&#1077&#1091 &#609&#959 1-15, th&#1077r&#1077 doubtless w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 a n&#1077w regime &#1110n &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077, looking t&#959 recruit &#1110t&#1109 &#959wn quarterback. If th&#1077 Jets &#1077n&#1281 8-8, &#1110t doubtless means Hackenberg (&#959r Petty) &#1109h&#959w&#1077&#1281 enough promise t&#959 warrant a vote &#959f confidence. Th&#1077 w&#959r&#1109t outcome w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 &#1091&#959&#965r scenario, wh&#1110&#1089h &#1110n effect amounts t&#959 n&#959-man’s land. I still r&#1077&#1089k&#959n th&#1077&#1091’d &#609&#1077t one &#959f th&#1077 top quarterbacks, b&#965t th&#1077&#1091’d h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 pay extra.

A long-range view &#959f th&#1077 Jets’ chances f&#959r Sam Darnold &#959r Josh Allen – ESPN (blog)