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Sam Darnold spent a few minutes chatting with Joe Namath and only wished he had more time.
At this rate Niles Paul Jersey , though, the youngster will have plenty more opportunities down the line.
Darnold led the Jets on two touchdown drives, moving closer to securing the starting quarterback job in a 22-16 loss to the New York Giants on Friday night.
That came after Darnold and the Jets' other quarterbacks met briefly on the field with the man who has led the team to its only Super Bowl win 鈥?50 seasons ago.
"It was cool to meet 'Broadway Joe,'" a smiling Darnold said. "And to know the history that he has with this franchise, it was awesome to get to meet him."
Jets fans are hoping Darnold might be able to someday have the same impact.
Small steps first, of course. The No. 3 overall draft pick made his second consecutive start, finishing 8 of 16 for 86 yards 鈥?including a 12-yard touchdown pass to Terrelle Pryor.
Darnold is competing with Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown for the Jets' starting job, but the rookie is being given every chance to be under center when New York opens the regular season at Detroit on Sept. 10.
"So far, I think I've been really consistent," Darnold said. "At the same time, obviously there's little things I can always get better at."
Bridgewater came in on the Jets' second offensive possession of the second half, while McCown never played. Bridgewater was 11 of 15 for 104 yards.
Darnold got off to a solid start, leading an 11-play, 75-yard drive on the Jets' opening series that was capped by Bilal Powell's 10-yard touchdown run.
Darnold converted two third-and-long plays during the possession, first with a 13-yard completion to Neal Sterling. On third-and-13 from the Giants 35, Darnold showed off his scrambling ability by scooting to his left and zipping upfield for 14 yards.
"It's kind of what I've done my whole life, just play football," Darnold said. "When something's not there and I see a lane, take it. But also continue to secure the ball and not turn the ball over. And, if I can do those things and just continue to play football at the same time, I think I'll be all right."
After Darnold's 11-yard completion to Robby Anderson, Powell ran untouched into the end zone to give the Jets (1-2) an early 7-0 lead.
"Any time you go down the field on your first drive and score a touchdown against a good defense, that's a good thing," coach Todd Bowles said. "For the most part, he did his job."
Darnold's second series went nowhere, hurt in large part by a false start penalty on tight end Eric Tomlinson.
Hunter Sharp took Lachlan Edwards' punt from 55 yards out and zig-zagged a bit on his way to the end zone to tie it at 7 with 3:52 left in the opening quarter.
"The punt return was just the spark we needed," Giants coach Pat Shurmur said. "It was a terrific run, well blocked."
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Aldrick Rosas kicked field goals of 48, 40, 27 and 21 yards to give the Giants a 19-13 lead into halftime.
The third field goal came after Trenton Cannon fumbled a kickoff when he was hit by Ray-Ray Armstrong, and Jerell Adams recovered for the Giants (2-1).
The Giants' starters played just the first two quarters Anthony Barr Jersey Big , with Eli Manning going 17 of 23 for 188 yards in what was likely his final tuneup before the regular season. Sterling Shepard had seven catches for 78 yards.
"I thought we did a couple of good things," Manning said. "Obviously, we'd like to score more when we get into the red zone down there. I thought there were a lot of good things and we moved the ball pretty well."
The backups opened the second half to face the Jets, who left their starters on both sides of the ball in for much of the third quarter.
Manning connected with Cody Latimer on a 54-yard pass on first down late in the first quarter to put the Giants at the Jets 6.
Jonathan Stewart took the handoff on the next play and was met by Avery Williamson, who ripped the ball out of the running back's hands. Leonard Williams scooped up the fumble and returned it 39 yards to the Giants 47.
Four plays later, Darnold completed a 16-yard pass to Quincy Enunwa on third-and-6 from the 28. Darnold then found Pryor to give the Jets the lead 56 seconds into the second quarter.
Taylor Bertolet made the extra point, but it was negated by Jonotthan Harrison's false start 鈥?and Bertolet missed the re-kick.
Giants running back Saquon Barkley, taken a spot ahead of Darnold, returned to practice this week on a limited basis for the first time since suffering a mild hamstring strain nine days earlier but sat out.
Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was a full participant in practice, but also didn't play as he continues to work his way back after breaking his ankle last October.
There were no displays of protest by either the Jets or Giants, with both teams standing on the sideline for the anthem.
The Jets were called for 13 penalties, costing them 108 yards. The Giants were called for six for 50.
"It felt like more than that," Bowles said. "We can't have that going into opening day."
Giants: Starting TE Evan Engram left with 5:21 left in the second quarter with a concussion. He was sandwiched by Williamson and Darron Lee after catching a 6-yard pass at the Jets 24. The ball came loose at the end of the play and was ruled a fumble, but the call was overturned after a video review. ... Backup TE Rhett Ellison left in the second quarter with an eye injury.
Jets: CB Rashard Robinson left early in the fourth quarter with a hip injury. ... WR Jermaine Kearse was held out with a sore abdomen.
Giants: home vs. New England next Thursday night.
Jets: at Philadelphia next Thursday night.
Myles Garrett’s rookie season with the Browns was historic – and horrific.
The 0-16 nightmare left him scarred, but determined.
”It drives me a little bit, because I’ll never let something like that happen again,” the defensive end vowed Thursday as the Browns opened training camp with an infusion of talent and optimism following their forgettable 2017 season. ”No matter how long I’m here, there will never be a season like that.”
Cleveland fans could never handle another one.
But in the months since last season ended, coach Hue Jackson jumped into Lake Erie to cleanse himself of the losing and new general manager John Dorsey retooled the Browns’ roster.
He acquired proven players such as quarterback Tyrod Taylor and Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry in trades, signed free agent linebacker Mychal Kendricks and drafted rookie QB Baker Mayfield, the top overall pick who may eventually lead Cleveland’s bruised franchise back to prominence.
With HBO’s ”Hard Knocks” chronicling their every move over the next few weeks, the Browns are pushing the reset button.
”It is not the same team,” said Jackson, who held onto his job despite a 1-31 record the past two seasons. ”John and his team did a tremendous job of adding key pieces to our football team. This is a competitive football team throughout.”
Unlike so many previous seasons, the quarterback job appears to be locked up. On Wednesday, Jackson made it clear that Taylor, who led Buffalo to the playoffs last season, is the starter and that Mayfield is ”not ready to walk out there right now and play.”
”Tyrod Taylor is the starter,” Jackson said, getting an agreeing nod from Dorsey. ”I don’t envision any situation where all of a sudden he is getting a bunch of first-team reps – unless, God forbid Womens Evander Kane Jersey , something happens.”
Something always seems to happen to the Browns, so Jackson wrapped his knuckles on the wooden podium while discussing Taylor to ward off any bad luck.
The 27-year-old Taylor quickly won over teammates and coaches this spring with his team-first attitude and work ethic. Beyond his usual duties, part of Taylor’s role is to help the Browns forget 2017 – not just turn the page, but throw out the book.
”Let them know that it is a new year,” he said. ”Even if you were a part of it last year, it is a fresh start now. Learn from last year. No matter how good or how bad the season was, this season is a totally new year and be excited about the opportunity we have in front of us to go out and win games, change the culture and change the perception of this team.”
Mayfield’s first NFL camp will test his football knowledge and patience. The Browns are in it for the long haul with the Heisman Trophy winner, who to this point has accepted the team’s decision to have him sit behind Taylor.
However, that doesn’t mean Mayfield is satisfied being a No. 2 quarterback.
”I would never get my mind right to be a backup,” he said before the Browns held their first practice open to the public. ”That’s the second that I would be complacent. That’s the second that I would stop working. You’ve always got to keep working like you’re going to work to be the best and that’s the same thing Tyrod has done his whole life.
”It doesn’t matter the position you’re in. If you’re not going to work hard, then you’re not doing it right.”
While the Browns want Mayfield to wait, fans may be a little more impatient to see him.
It wasn’t long into practice that chants of ”Ba-ker, May-field” filled the warm air on the green, manicured fields behind the team’s headquarters.
Mayfield’s accustomed to the spotlight – the star attraction. But for now he’s content with a supporting role, and doesn’t object to Jackson’s plan to give Taylor the majority of snaps with Cleveland’s starters.
”No, absolutely not,” Mayfield said. ”They’re doing everything they think is right and I believe in that and I believe in them, so when it comes down to the stuff that they’re saying, that’s not going to change my work ethic and if it does, then something’s wrong.”
Unlike Garrett, Mayfield’s 2017 couldn’t have gone much better.
Once a walk-on, he climbed to college football’s summit, carrying the Sooners to national title contention.
And although he’s not leading the Browns, Mayfield can help point them in the right direction.
”When you talk about a new season, the record from the past year goes out the window,” he said. ”It doesn’t matter if you win the Super Bowl or you go 0-16, you start fresh and you haven’t done anything for this season. So we’re working to be the best team in the country and that’s our mindset.”