Darnold official as Jets’ starter

Sam Darnold will be the Jets’ starting quarterback next Monday night at Detroit. Todd Bowles made the worst-kept secret in the NFL official when he announced it following practicing Monday. Bowles said he informed Darnold and last year’s starter Josh McCown of his decision before telling the media. “It was close obviously,” Bowles said. “Sam had a good preseason. We weren’t holding him back. We weren’t rushing him, at the same time. He still has some things to learn, but he was poised in the pocket and the way he grasped the offense coming in right away. He gives us a very good chance to win.” The Jets traded up in the draft from six to three to put themselves in position to pick Darnold, who starred for two seasons at USC. Darnold will become the youngest quarterback ever to start a season opener. He’ll be 21 years, 97 days old on opening day. Darnold starting against the Lions was expected after how much he practiced with the firstteam offense. He also started the second and third preseason games with that group.