The first pass of Sam Darnold's career was a touchdown ... for the Detroit Lions

ESPNSam Darnold’s career got off to a rough start with the New York Jets.
  • Sam Darnold’s career got off to a rough start with the New York Jets, throwing a pick-6 interception to the Detroit Lions on the first pass of his career.
  • After Darnold rolled out to the right, he tried to pass back to the left side of the field, but Quandre Diggs jumped in front of the receiver and returned the interception for a touchdown.
  • Darnold, the third pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, was named the starter for the Jets after the team traded Teddy Bridgewater to the New Orleans Saints.
  • The former USC quarterback is the youngest opening-week starting quarterback in the NFL since 1950.
  • According to Field Yates of ESPN, the last two rookies to throw a pick-6 on their first NFL passes were Jameis Winston and Brett Favre.
  • Here is the play, via ESPN.

That one pass would be the one blemish on Darnold’s night as he recovered nicely, and the Jets blew out the Lion, 48-17.

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