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Jets left tackle Kelvin Beachum said recently that the team won’t know what it has in quarterback Sam Darnold until the third overall pick in this year’s draft takes a big hit and that hit won’t come during the team’s organized team activities this month.

With or without full contact [url=]Fran Tarkenton Jersey[/url] , the practices will give the Jets an extended chance to see Darnold on the practice field with veteran players for the first time since drafting him. That will provide information about how Darnold is running the huddle and grasping the offensive playbook as well as how he fares against experienced defensive backs trying to stop him from completing passes.

As recounted by Albert Breer of in a lengthy look at the Darnold pursuit, the Jets didn’t expect to have Darnold fall to them — “You have a horseshoe up your a–,” Jets vice president of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger said to General Manager Mike Maccagnan — and CEO Christopher Johnson has made it clear that the expectations are high聽now that he did.

Whether that leads to a quick rise up the depth chart remains to be seen. The Jets don’t have big questions about Josh McCown after he spent 2017 as their starter, so the focus in OTAs is likely to be on figuring out the plan for Darnold as his rookie season unfolds.

Case Keenum had never in his NFL career been a team’s established starter during the offseason, but this year in Denver [url=]DeShone Kizer Jersey[/url] , he is. And the Broncos like his leadership.

Keenum has started 38 games in his NFL career, but he’s always been the starter either because someone else got hurt, as was the case last year in Minnesota, or knowing that someone else was being groomed to take the job, as was the case the year before in Los Angeles. The Broncos [url=]Cameron Jordan Jersey[/url] , who gave Keenum a two-year, $36 million contract this offseason, are making no secret of the fact that Keenum is their man.

The Broncos are already singing Keenum’s praises as a leader, and even Paxton Lynch, the former first-round pick who is relegated to backup behind Keenum [url=]O. J. Simpson Jersey[/url] , is happy to have the veteran aboard.

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Keenum wouldn’t be there if Lynch had become the kind of quarterback John Elway thought he was when the Broncos took him in the first round two years ago. But perhaps Lynch can learn something from Keenum about how to develop into a starter, even if it takes some time.

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