The turning point in Sam Darnold's first professional season started with a foot injury he suffered in the Jets' 13-6 loss to the Dolphins in Miami on Nov. 4. Even though the competitor in him didn't know it at the time, he needed to step away from the field. “The break definitely helped me get a little more juice and a little more energy because that rookie wall is real,” Darnold said this spring. “Don't get me wrong — I'm the last person to make an excuse, but it's a long year for us: going through the draft, combine, all those things that go along with the process, pro day, getting ready for so many different things.” There were things that were happening that were readily visible to any onlooker.
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