NFL Notes: Jets, Rams, Vikings


  • When comparing Jets’ first-round QB Sam Darnold to former New York quarterbacks, Rich Cimini of ESPN writes that Darnold has the potential to have a completion percentage in the mid-60s similar to Chad Pennington.
  • Although Cimini says that Darnold does not have the mobility of Geno Smith, one of his strengths is the ability to throw on the run and has experience running the read-option.
  • If Teddy Bridgewater is named the Jets’ Week 1 starter, Cimini believes QB Josh McCown will serve as their primary backup, given that he’s an experienced veteran.
  • Cimini considers the Jets’ largest position of need is pass rusher.


Rams HC Sean McVay says that WR Brandin Cooks has been a “nice addition” to their offensive and they view him as being a “special player.”

“Yeah, I think with Brandin, and then being able to play alongside such a great receiving corps that we have in place, he’s been a nice addition,” McVay said, via Myles Simmons of “Feel really good watching the way he’s been able to implement himself into our offense by the way he’s learned, how conscientious he is in meetings. And he’s a guy — if you just look at, really, his career — he is a really fast player, but he can do everything. He plays big for a smaller-stature guy. But he’s strong. He can win short, he can win intermediate, he can go down the field. So I think you’re really not limited in any way that you can utilize him. And there’s a reason why he’s had over 1,000 yards and [at least] seven touchdowns each of the last three years. And he’s a special player for sure.”


Last year, DT David Parry was arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona on suspicion of driving under the influence, auto theft, robbery, criminal damage, and resisting arrest after taking a transportation cart and later crashing it.

Parry was released by the Colts at the start of last season and recently agreed to a new deal with the Vikings.

Regarding his prior arrest, Parry says that he’s aware that it nearly cost him his career and he’s hoping to prove that this isn’t indicative of who he is.

My career kind of looked like it was going to be taken from me from that incident,” Parry said, per Chris Tomasson. “I just made a pretty big mistake. I learned from that mistake. I’ve carried myself the right way ever since then just to try to make up and prove that that night wasn’t me and that incident isn’t (indicative) of who I am.”

“It was just too much alcohol I haven’t had a drink since that incident and I don’t plan on it going forward It was a big speed bump for me but I’ve always kind of been resilient. It’s really kind of shown to me not to take anything lightly.

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