5 major observations from Sam Darnold’s second preseason game

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Sam Darnold – D.J. Moore connection

One thing that stood out when Sam Darnold was on the field is his timing with D.J. Moore. The wide receiver is sure to be his top target throughout the campaign and it was encouraging to see them seemingly hit it off right out of the gate.

Darnold has more weapons around him than he’s ever had during his career. He’s already on the same page with Robby Anderson after working with the wideout on the New York Jets, but it’s also vital that Moore generates better chemistry with his signal-caller to potentially enter the elite discussion in 2021.

The former Maryland star caught four receptions for 33 receiving yards on the opening two drives. This also included a long of 18 yards and Darnold was constantly looking for Moore when open.

There’s a long way to go.

But this was another good sign.

Moore’s production has been outstanding during his three-year career so far. Especially considering there’s been a distinct lack of consistency from the quarterback position almost from the moment he entered the league.

Whether Darnold can change all that is still undecided. But the signal-caller will be going to Moore early and often if the second preseason game is any indication.