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Why Sam Darnold should go over his passing yardage and touchdown total in 2020

Sam Darnold’s third season with the Jets could be his best year yet. We think he could set multiple career highs in 2020.

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at New Era Field. Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Sam Darnold played in 13 games for the second straight season in 2019 and improved his rookie year stats across the board. The New York Jets signal caller tallied 3,024 yards and 19 touchdowns in year two.

DraftKings Sportsbook has Darnold’s over/under for total passing yards at 3,559.5 and his total touchdown passes at 22.5 for the 2020 season. We think those these marks can be attainable for the third year quarterback.

Prediction: Over 3,559.5 passing yards, Over 22.5 TDs

Darnold probably could’ve reached both these marks last year had he not missed three games. Maintaining good health will be vital to his stats at the end of the season. But he’ll also have to deal with losing a valuable receiver in Robby Anderson, who signed with the Carolina Panthers.

Although Anderson has established himself as one of the NFL’s more dangerous deep threats because of his blazing speed, he finished second to Jamison Crowder in receiving yards last season. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t raise the ceiling of the Jets offense. The Jets recruited Breshad Perriman to be their new speedster though. The wideout notched 419 receiving yards and five touchdowns in the final four games of the season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year while filling in for Mike Evans. He brings some of the same skills Anderson brought to the table, so there might not be much of a drop off.

New York will also either add a wide receiver or an offensive lineman with their first-round pick in the NFL Draft, and both could help its aerial attack. A wideout would give Darnold another option to stretch the field with. A better front line could give Darnold more time to throw and help Le’Veon Bell contribute more as a pass catcher out of the backfield. Bell tallied 461 receiving yards last year, which was his lowest total since he started six games with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2015. Darnold has a good chance to set a few more career highs in 2020.

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