Darnold: Thumb injury could have been avoided

NY Jets ConfidentialDecember 2019

Darnold: Thumb injury could have been avoided
Darnold: Thumb injury could have been avoided

Q: You guys came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat the Giants. What’s your demeanor like in the fourth quarter in close games?

A: We preach all the time, whether it’s practice, first quarter, second quarter, third quarter, fourth quarter, don’t change, don’t change at all. Because sometimes in the fourth quarter teams or players, in general, get really hyped up and they want to do too much. I think for us it’s about making sure that we stay within ourselves and don’t change, whether that’s practice or a game.

Q: Going back to last year, you seem to have very good chemistry with Chris Herndon who just returned. How do you explain that connection?

A: We did room together for a while there in training camp and as we came in as rookies for OTAs. He is just a really big body to throw to. He is a really good tight end, really good pass catcher. He naturally is a good target down there, especially if you get him matched up with a linebacker or even if he is matched up on a DB, you can put it on his body and he can go up for a rebound and catch it. Chris is a huge threat.

Q: As a leader of the team, how can you help prevent the locker room from falling apart?

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December 2019