Sam Darnold finished his preseason on a high note.
After a quiet opening quarter on Saturday night, Darnold led the Jets offense on a seven-play, 65-yard drive against the Saints’ second-team defense that he capped with a 2-yard scoring strike to Ty Montgomery with 8:22 left in the first half. Darnold hit Robby Anderson on a 41-yard completion down the left sideline, by far his best pass of the evening. He was replaced by backup Trevor Siemian.
The Jets trailed 13-7 at the half.
Before the drive, Darnold hadn’t done much, the Jets playing it conservatively for the most part. Overall, he completed 8-of-13 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. Their first four drives were three punts and a Montgomery fumble.
He ended the preseason 17-of-25 for 211 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.