Minshew on Darnold’s MNF clip: ‘They probably shouldn’t have played that clip; that’s not cool’

It’s that time of the year where you are going to see a lot of ghosts and goblins, and on Monday night, New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold saw “ghosts” on the football field.

In the first half against the Patriots, Darnold, who was mic’d up for the game, said the following:

“I’m seeing ghosts,” Darnold said.

And boy did he see a lot of ghosts! The second-year quarterback completed 11 of 32 passes for 86 yards and four interceptions. Ultimately, the Jets would lose to the Patriots 33-0.

After the game, the Jets’ organization and Gase were not happy that the clip made air, and Gase had this to say on Tuesday:

“It bothers me, it bothers the organization,” Gase said. “Obviously, you never anticipate something like that happening. The fact that it did, it just gives us pause to really cooperate anymore because I don’t really know how we can allow our franchise quarterback to be put out there like that.”

Jaguars rookie QB Gardner Minshew, who will battle Darnold and the Jets on Sunday, agreed was Gase, and he had this to say on Wednesday.

“They probably shouldn’t have played that clip; that’s not cool,” Minshew said. “You put trust in these guys putting microphones in your face for the game, so I feel for him there for sure. It was a tough night for him.”

Obviously, what Darnold said is something you don’t want out there as a player and an organization. However, if you are ESPN, that clip was good television.

Hopefully in the future, someone will tell Darnold to watch what he says when he’s mic’d up.

Jets-Browns: Highest rated Thursday night game on NFL Network since 2015

NFL Network’s telecast of Thursday Night Football between the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns, which featured the professional debut of number one pick Baker Mayfield against number three pick Sam Darnold, averaged a 5.2 US HH rating and over 8.6 million overall P2+ viewers ranking as the network’s highest rated and most-watched exclusive Thursday night game since December of 2015 (MIN@ARI, 12/10/15; 5.47 US HH rating / 8.74M P2+ viewers).

Overall, the game was up +17% in US HH rating and up +16% in overall P2+ viewership compared to NFL Network’s Week 3 Thursday Night Football game from 2017 (LAR@SF: 4.4 US HH rating / 7.5M P2+ viewers).

With Cleveland down 14-0, Mayfield entered the game at the end of the first half and ultimately led the Browns to a 21-17 victory. The game peaked at 10.3M viewers during the game’s final six minutes (11:30p-11:36p).

Compared to NFL Network’s seven exclusive Thursday Night Football games in 2017, the Jets-Browns was up +43% in US HH rating and up +41% in overall P2+ viewership (3.6 US HH rating / 6.1M P2+ viewers).

The Jets-Browns game outperformed last week’s Thursday Night Football game by +24% in US HH rating and +22% overall P2+ viewership (BAL@CIN; 4.2 US HH rating / 7.1M P2+ viewers).

The 2018 Thursday Night Football Presented by Bud Light season continues Thursday, September 27 when the Minnesota Vikings visit the Los Angeles Rams. The game will be broadcast on FOX, simulcast on NFL Network, distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes, and distributed digitally to a global audience on Amazon Prime Video, Twitch, NFL digital properties, FOX Sports digital properties, and Yahoo Sports on mobile devices. Coverage from Los Angeles begins at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network with NFL GameDay Kickoff.

 

Tomlinson: ‘I would put Teddy Bridgewater in, and then bring Sam(Darnold) along slowly’

The New York Jets are in an interesting position right now. In the draft, the team grabbed their QB of the future in Sam Darnold. While in free agency, the time signed former Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater and re-signed last year’s starter, Josh McCown.

Both Bridgewater and Darnold have played well in the preseason, but with Darnold starting the third preseason game against the Giants on Friday night, it seems that Darnold could be the guy on opening day.

But, if it were up to Hall of Fame RB LaDainian Tomlinson, Bridgewater would be the starter for the Jets in Week 1.

“For me, I think Teddy Bridgewater has played the best,” Tomlinson told TMZ Sports. “Sam Darnold is obviously the future, but do you need to put him in right now? If it was me, I would put Teddy Bridgewater in, and then bring Sam along slowly.”

Based on the way he has played to this point, I believe Bridgewater does give the Jets the best chance to win, but if the Jets feel Darnold is ready, they probably should put him out there and try to trade Bridgewater, which perhaps is the likeliest scenario. No matter what happens, it nice to see Bridgewater back on the field after that terrible knee injury back in 2016.

Troy Aikman on Rosen: ‘He can throw as well as anyone I’ve ever seen’

The 2018 NFL Draft is almost upon us. As we get closer to the draft, we will hear a lot of different rumors.

Who will the Browns pick at no. 1? Will they go with a quarterback? Will they go with Saquon Barkley? We’ll have to see.

According to Hall of Fame quarterback and current FOX Sports NFL analyst Troy Aikman, the first three picks in the 2018 NFL Draft will be quarterbacks:

I really believe the first three picks are going to be quarterbacks, so it’s going to be real fun to follow,” Aikman told TMZ Sports.

While Aikman did not say which QB he would choose, he does seem to be pretty high on UCLA’s Josh Rosen:

“I think Josh is a real talent. I watched him throw a few years ago up at UCLA one summer when I was out here,” Aikman said. “He can throw as well as anyone I’ve ever seen; smart guy.”

As of now, it looks like the three quarterbacks that many are focusing on are Wyoming’s Josh Allen, USC’s Sam Darnold, and Rosen.

So, Cleveland you are on the clock. Do they go Barkley or do they go with one of the quarterbacks? We’ll find out on April 26.