Darnold to Start Opener for Jets
Todd Bowles finally revealed the big decision that everyone expected.
Sam Darnold will start at quarterback in the New York Jets’ season-opening game at Detroit next Monday night.
The 21-year-old Darnold will also make some NFL history by becoming the youngest quarterback to start in Week 1 since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. At 21 years and 97 days, the rookie surpasses Drew Bledsoe (21-203), who held the distinction since starting for New England in 1993.
Darnold will not be the youngest quarterback to start in NFL history, though. That’s still Tommy Maddox, who was under center for Denver at 21 years, 81 days old in Week 12 of the 1992 season.
Colin Kaepernick has a new deal with Nike, even without having a job in the NFL.
Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos, made the announcement on Twitter, calling the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback an “All American Icon” and crediting attorney Ben Meiselas for getting the deal done. Kaepernick also posted a Nike ad featuring his face and wrote: “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. (Hashtag) JustDoIt” ... The Super Bowl MVP gets the first start of the season. Nick Foles will be under center when the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. Coach Doug Pederson made the announcement, one day after a testy exchange with reporters in which he insisted he wanted to wait before ruling out Carson Wentz. ... Quarterback Nathan Peterman never lost faith in himself following the most difficult moment of his young NFL career. What’s more important, neither did Bills coach Sean McDermott. In 10 months, Peterman has gone from throwing five interceptions in the first half of his first career start, to being chosen Monday as Buffalo’s season-opening starter. Though the job is his until rookie first-round pick Josh Allen is deemed ready, Peterman’s ascension from being counted out to being counted on is a testament to the second-year player’s perseverance.
Yankees fall to A’s
Mark Canha homered and Matt Chapman hit an RBI double to back Trevor Cahill, leading the Oakland Athletics past the New York Yankees, 6-3, in a matchup between two teams in the AL wild-card race.
The A’s jumped on CC Sabathia early and pulled within 41/2 g ames of New York for the first wild card.
Cahill (6-3) defeated the Yankees for the first time in seven career appearances, the only AL team he’d never beaten.
Harbaugh in war of words
The war of words between Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and former Wolverines receiver Braylon Edwards is heating up.
Harbaugh, upset Edwards posted a negative tweet about two U-M players during Saturday’s 24-17 loss at Notre Dame, fired back at Monday’s news conference. Edwards, now a college football analyst, was suspended indefinitely Monday by the Big Ten Network for “a violation of the network’s social media guidelines.”
“I was disappointed that a member of the Big Ten Network would choose to attack the character of two of our players,” said Harbaugh, whose program dropped its 17th consecutive road game to a ranked opponent, a streak dating to 2006.