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Limited playing experience in high school and college makes Sam Darnold appreciate every game Womens Josh Norman Jersey , even if it's just the preseason.The third overall pick made his first exhibition start for the New York Jets on Thursday night and showed some of the growing pains of a rookie quarterback by throwing an interception , taking two sacks and having a couple of balls batted out of the air.Darnold was 8 of 11 for 62 yards in the first half before giving way to Teddy Bridgewater in a game the Jets lost to the Washington Redskins 15-13 on a last-second field goal."Any game experience is huge," said Darnold, who felt he played well but wasn't as sharp as his 13 of 18 for 96 yards preseason debut. "I feel like I'm going to continue to grow and get better every single day, and that's what I'm most excited about is to see how much I'm going to be able to grow and get better."Darnold went in looking like the front-runner to win New York's starting QB competition, and it's still muddled after Bridgewater was 10 of 15 for 127 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Veteran Josh McCown didn't play after starting the first preseason game because coach Todd Bowles already knows what he has in the 39-year-old."It's already been cloudy," Bowles said. "It'll be a tough choice."Darnold showed flashes for the Jets (1-1), going 5 of 5 on his second drive but was sacked by Preston Smith to force a field goal on a night full of them. Bridgewater took some intentional risks to test the left knee he injured two years ago to the point Bowles joked he had a neighborhood he could send the former Vikings quarterback to if he wanted to get hit."Some of those plays, I could've thrown the ball away or run out of bounds, but I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could take a hit and it was fun," Bridgewater said.Redskins starter Alex Smith was 4 of 6 for 48 yards in one series, his only work so far in the preseason. Smith said he always wished he could play more but acknowledged "it's a fine line."Washington kicker Dustin Hopkins made all five of his field-goal attempts, including a 40-yarder as time expired to win it for the Redskins (1-1).INJURIESJets: CB Jeremy Clark left with a hamstring injury. ... LT Kelvin Beachum (foot), RG Brian Winters (abdominal), RB Isaiah Crowell (concussion) and DL Steve McLendon (leg) did not play.Redskins: RB Samaje Perine injured an ankle on his first carry, a 30-yard run , and did not return. Coach Jay Gruden said Perine twisted his ankle but expects him to be OK ... RB Byron Marshall was evaluated for a lower-leg injury that Gruden said was fine after an MRI. ... LT Trent Williams, RB Chris Thompson Authentic Da'Ron Payne Jersey , WR Maurice Harris and Jamison Crowder, TE Jordan Reed, OT Ty Nsekhe and DL Matt Ioannidis and Phil Taylor were among those nursing or coming off injuries who didn't dress.REDSKINS RB COMPETITIONAfter second-round pick Derrius Guice's season ended because of a torn ACL , Rob Kelley was up first to show he deserves to be Washington's starter. Kelley had seven carries for 17 yards, Perine was impressive on his one run before being injured, Marshall had a kick-return fumble that was overturned on video review and Kapri Bibbs made six catches for 47 yards with only 6 yards on the ground."It will be a tough deal for us to figure all that out, but we will," Gruden said.UNDISCIPLINED JETSLinebacker Jordan Jenkins was flagged on the game's opening drive for roughing the passer against Smith when he drove the QB into the ground. Darron Lee was penalized for a horse-collar tackle on Redskins punt returner Danny Johnson. Then, there was rookie Frankie Luvu, who led with his helmet into Colt McCoy on a more egregious roughing-the-passer violation than what Jenkins had.NATIONAL ANTHEMAll players appeared to stand for the national anthem. Jets players locked arms along the visiting sideline with no one remaining in the locker room.NEXT UPJets: See what more Darnold can do in game action when they face the Giants on Aug. 24.Redskins: Are expected to give Smith more snaps Aug. 24 when they host the Denver Broncos. Many Redskins fans will very quickly point to Alex Smith’s 2017 season when defending the move to trade for him and let Kirk Cousins walk as a free agent. I’m in the boat that Kirk didn’t want to be here any longer, no matter what we did, and Alex was the next best thing. But there are plenty that will argue, that because of Smith’s past success, specifically his 2017 season, he’s the better quarterback for Jay Gruden’s offense.The Stats:When it comes to judging quarterbacks, I prefer to use QBR. QBR:QBR, or Total Quarterback Rating, is a proprietary statistic created to measure a quaterbacks effectiveness . It incorporates all of a quarterback’s contributions to winning, including how he impacts the game on passes Authentic Adrian Peterson Jersey , rushes, turnovers, and penalties. Since QBR is built from the play level, it accounts for a team’s level of success or failure on every play to provide the proper context, then allocates credit to the quarterback and his teammate to produce a clearer measure of quarterback efficiency.Aside from QBR, I also take into account a quarterbacks completion percentage, yards per attempt, rating and W-L record to get a more accurate picture of how effective that QB was in a given year. I factor in things like personnel around him, injuries and games played to draw my clearest picture.I usually do not factor in passing attempts or yards, as these can be incredibly misleading. I also tend to look at the most recent stats, because as we all know, this is a “what have you done for me lately” league. Alex Smith’s 2017 seasonQBR (min 12 games)Alex Smith finished 6th in the NFL in QBR with a rating of 67.0.Top 5:Carson Wentz - 77.2Case Keenum - 74.3Tom Brady - 73.2Dak Prescott - 69.5Matt Ryan - 68.3*If QBR is any indication to a team’s success (which I think it is), you can see that two of the top three players on this list were in the Super Bowl.Completion percentage (min 12 games)Alex Smith finished 3rd in the NFL in completion percentage at 67.5%. Top 5:Drew Brees - 72.0Case Keenum - 67.6Alex Smith - 67.5Josh McCown - 67.3Tom Brady - 66.3Yards Per Attempt (min 12 games)Alex Smith finished tied for 2nd in the NFL in YPA at 8.0.Top 5:Drew Brees - 8.1Alex Smith - 8.0Jared Goff - 8.0Tom Brady - 7.9Matthew Stafford - 7.9Jameis Winston - 7.9Philip Rivers - 7.9Rating (min 12 games)Alex Smith finished #1 in the NFL with a rating of 104.7. Top 5:Alex Smith - 104.7Drew Brees - 103.9Tom Brady - 102.8Carson Wentz - 101.9Jared Goff - 100.5W/L (min 12 games)Alex Smith went 9-6 on the seasonTop 5:Carson Wentz - 11-2Tom Brady - 13-3Ben Roethlisberger - 12-3Case Keenum - 11-3Jared Goff - 11-4Smith’s 2017 Supporting CastAlex had some great weapons around him last season in Kansas City. Let’s take a look at just how good those weapons were. RBKareem Hunt:Hunt led the NFL in rushing with 1327 yards, and tied for fourth with 8 touchdowns. He also caught 53 passes for 455 yards and three touchdowns. WRTyreek Hill:Hill was 7th in the NFL in yards last season with 1183, and finished with 7 receiving touchdowns. TETravis Kelce:Kelce led all tight ends with 83 receptions, and was second to only Rob Gronkowski in yards with 1038. His eight touchdowns were tied for second among all tight ends. So as you can see, Alex Smith clearly had a supporting cast cast of excellent weapons at his disposal in Kansas City. Some may even say he had the best tandem of weapons in the league. So, the question becomes, is it the quarterback who makes those players around him shine http://www.washingtonredskinsteamonline … ith-jersey , or is it the players, who make the quarterback look that good?In the case of Alex Smith, I believe it’s the latter. During his first 12 seasons in the NFL, Alex Smith never had offensive weapons like he had in 2017. Consequently, his best QBR (min 12 games) before last year was a 58.4 (2015 - Kansas City). Prior to 2017, Smith had never thrown more than 25 touchdown in a season, and had never had a rating over 100 (min 12 games). This season in Washington, Smith has been without a true play-maker at wide receiver, and a tight end who has been eased back into action after offseason toe surgery. The team’s best running back was lost in the preseason to a knee injury, forcing the staff to bring in Adrian Peterson off the street. Peterson has done exceptionally well given the situation, and is one of the top running backs in the league in rushing yards per game. To make matters worse, Chris Thompson, the teams best overall weapon, has played in just five games due to multiple injuries, and he’s tallied a mere 322 total yards and one touchdown on the season. Still, the Redskins are 5-3 and are currently first in the NFC East. ...So, are the Redskins 5-3 BECAUSE of Alex Smith, or are they 5-3 DESPITE of him? Custom Indianapolis Colts Jerseys