Sam Darnold will start at quarterback in the New York Jets’ season-opening game at Detroit on Monday night.
The 21-year-old USC alum will be the youngest quarterback to start in Week 1 since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger.
The announcement Monday by coach Todd Bowles comes as no surprise as the rookie was solid while starting the Jets’ second and third preseason games.
New York traded Teddy Bridgewater to New Orleans last week, and Darnold then sat out the preseason finale at Philadelphia — clear signals that the No. 3 overall draft pick would be under center against the Lions.