Carson Palmer: Jets Quarterback Sam Darnold Is A Spectacular Player

Carson Palmer was "not surprised one bit" by Darnold's debut

Taz and the Moose
October 30, 2018 - 7:15 am

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Sam Darnold’s NFL debut couldn’t have started any worse. He threw a pick-six on his first regular-season attempt to put the Jets behind 20 seconds into the game. 

As the night wore on, however, Darnold got better. A lot better. He finished 16-of-21 for 198 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 48-17 win in Detroit.

Some people were surprised by this. Another former USC quarterback, Carson Palmer, was not. 

“I’m not as surprised as everybody,” Palmer said on Taz & The Moose. “I think I saw his first game of college and up until now his first game in the NFL. I’m not surprised one bit. He’s a spectacular player, and that team jumped out to a big win on the road.”

Darnold threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson to put the Jets up 17-7 and a 21-yard touchdown pass to Quincy Enunwa to put the Jets up 24-17. The defense and special teams took it from there, as Darron Lee had a pick-six and Andre Roberts had a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown.

“A lot of it was because of their defense,” Palmer said of the Jets’ Week 1 success, “but it was good to see a young guy go in on Monday Night Football to start the way he did and then to finish the way he did.”

The Jets (1-0) will go for 2-0 this Sunday, when they host the Dolphins (1-0) at MetLife Stadium. Kickoff from East Rutherford is slated for 1 p.m. ET.