Tyler Gaffney tried his hand at making several NFL teams after being drafted by the Panthers in the sixth round of the 2014 draft, but injuries stopped him from getting any regular season action.
Gaffney was placed on injured reserve by the Panthers in 2014, the Patriots the next two years and the Jaguars last year. He won’t be trying to make a team this year, but will be continuing to pursue a career as a professional athlete.
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The Jets chose Darnold over UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen and Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen. There were some members of the organization who liked Rosen, but Darnold was the preference of Maccagnan. A source said Josh Allen was not really in the mix for the Jets and had it been a choice between Darnold and Baker Mayfield, the belief was the Jets would have taken Darnold. A source said the offensive coaching staff was not high on Mayfield.
The 20-year-old Darnold now comes to the Jets with plenty of pressure on him, facing a frustrated fan base that has been subjected to some terrible quarterback play through the years.
I’m taking it head on, Darnold said. I’m a pretty confident guy. I’m really comfortable in my own skin. I’m going to go in there, do my thing, do what the coaches ask me to do and do that at the highest level. That’s my plan.
Apparently there are other alternatives, even if they’ve yet to be unveiled. Either way, it’s clear that more changes are coming.
We see that there’s a higher incident of injuries on that play, Commissioner Roger Goodell told Rich Eisen of NFL Network on Thursday. So Womens Scott Laughton Jersey we’ve tried to look at this and sort of what is it we can do to make it a safer play but also improve the excitement of it? And there’s actually been some creative thinking that we’re going to discuss again next week. And several different concepts [from] special-teams coaches and other coaches. We even have one from a well-known college coach that came up with alternatives, but really exciting plays.
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Goodell didn’t identify the well-known college coach or mention the alternatives. But as the death rattle of the kickoff becomes audible, it would be good to know what comes next.