Adam Gase has now seen Sam Darnold up close for two months.

The Jets coach likes what he sees.

“Some of the throws he makes in practice I have no idea what made him go there, what made him throw that ball, how he got it in there,” Gase said Tuesday. “You can see the players around him they know he’s good. They know what the ability he has. We’re all trying to hurry up and know this stuff as well as we can.”

The Darnold factor made the job attractive for new general manager Joe Douglas. Gase explained why.

“That’s the toughest position to find,” Gase said. “It’s so tough to evaluate college quarterbacks. When you have a guy that just turned 22 that’s got to be an attractive piece being a GM because you’re not looking for that. You’re not looking to spend a first-round draft pick on a quarterback. That’s a lot of pressure lifted off your shoulders.”

Douglas said there is urgency to build around Darnold, like there was with the Eagles and Carson Wentz.

“There was a sense of urgency in Philadelphia knowing that we had a young quarterback and we wanted to put the pieces around him,” Douglas said. “I think there is going to be that same urgency anywhere, but especially here with a young quarterback like Sam.”


RB Bilal Powell said he was excited to get the call last week that the Jets were interested in bringing him back. He had been a free agent after a neck injury ended last season. Powell said he is now healthy.

“I’m not in tip-top shape, but I’m in good enough shape to run around in individuals and get in and out of my cuts,” Powell said. “I just have to keep grinding and show up in better shape for training camp.”

Powell said he is excited by Gase’s offense.

“From the little that I’m able to grasp right now, I’m pretty excited to get into it,” Powell said. “It’s a lot of new language. It puts the running back in the best position with mismatches and keeps the defense guessing.”


The Jets cut TE Neal Sterling. … Le’Veon Bell, Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Trumaine Johnson, Kelechi Osemele and Kelvin Beachum were all missing from Tuesday’s voluntary OTA.

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