When your offense is struggling, just let the quarterback run.
Sam Darnold delivered the longest run of his NFL career, scoring on a 46-yard scramble on the New York Jets' first possession on Thursday night against the visiting Denver Broncos. On a third-and-7, Darnold faced heavy pressure against a five-man rush, as the Jets failed to block blitzing linebacker Alexander Johnson.
Darnold dodged Johnson, escaped the pocket and pulled a juke move on safety Justin Simmons. Somehow, he outran the rest of the Denver defense, reaching a high speed of 17.47 mph, per NFL Next Gen Stats data.
Yo that was a crazy run!!— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) October 2, 2020
Helluva run by Darnold! The juke move once he got out the pocket was a RB elite move— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 2, 2020
What a run!!!!!— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) October 2, 2020
Sam Darnold escaped an unblocked blitzing LB (A.J. Johnson #45) and broke the pocket, avoiding the sack, and scrambled 62.9 yards for his 46-yard TD on this 3rd and 7.— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) October 2, 2020
This was Darnold's 3rd consecutive 3rd down conversion on the ground to start the game.#TakeFlight pic.twitter.com/TgoH2U5MDU
Lamar Jackson he's not, but he got the job done and gave the Jets their first lead of the season. The touchdown run is the longest ever by a Jets quarterback.
Darnold gained 55 yards after first contact on the scoring run, the most yards after contact by a quarterback on a run over the past 10 seasons. Only two players had that many yards after contact on a rush TD last season: running backs Derrick Henry and Damien Williams.