Jets threading needle between Darnold growth, draft position


The 4-10 Jets face the 5-8-1 Packers in a game that is relevant only when it comes to next spring’s draft. There should be plenty of empty seats at MetLife Stadium for the final home game of this miserable Jets season against another team going nowhere this season.

The good news is the season is almost over. The Jets get one step closer to the finish line against Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay. The sparse crowd could be mainly Packers fans donning their cheeseheads and cheering for the visitors.

About the only thing left for Jets fans to watch is rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, who has improved over the past two weeks after missing three games with a foot injury. Darnold has three touchdown passes and one interception in the previous two games. He has led two fourth-quarter comebacks, though his defense could not hold the lead against the Texans, and has shown more poise than before the injury.

It appears Darnold benefited from the time on the bench.

“I didn’t want the time off, I wanted to keep going, I wanted to keep getting experience,” Darnold said. “But that’s what happened. I felt like for me, I truly believe everything happens for a reason.”

One guy who does not want time off is Rodgers. The 35-year-old injured his groin last week in a loss to the Bears. There was some question early in the week if he would play against the Jets, but he declared himself ready to play.