In addition to a revamped offensive line and a couple of new wide receivers, quarterback Sam Darnold received a new set of encyclopedias this offseason quarterback Joe Flacco and running back Frank Gore.
We’re talking about a Super Bowl MVP and a future Pro Football Hall of Famer, respectively, who bring a combined 27 years of NFL experience to the Jets’ backfield. Darnold, still a young pup, will be surrounded by a wealth of knowledge for his all-important third season.
Flacco and Gore can be stabilizing influences on an offense in transition, and the person who should benefit most is Darnold, who will be the second-youngest opening-day quarterback.
This sort of thing doesn’t happen a lot because, let’s face it, football is a young man’s game. Currently, Flacco, 35, and Gore, 37, are among only 12 quarterbacks and running backs in the 35-and-older club, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.