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Sam Darnold Made His NFL Debut Last Night - Here's How He Did

Sam Darnold sliding against the Falcons.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 10: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets carries the ball as Duke Riley #42 of the Atlanta Falcons defends during a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 10, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft made his debut on Friday night. Former USC standout Sam Darnold took the field against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium.

The home crowd welcomed the rookie quarterback with a rousing ovation. Darnold entered the game after Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater saw action earlier in the contest.

In all, Darnold played in two-plus quarters of action for the Jets. He looked like a rookie quarterback who's ready to push the veterans above him on the depth chart for the starting job.

Darnold completed 13-of-18 passing for 96 yards and a touchdown in the Jets 17-0 victory over the Falcons. Darnold's touchdown came when he climbed the pocket to avoid pressure, rolled out to the right and then found a receiver in the corner of the endzone.

After the game, Darnold commented on his performance.

"I felt pretty good. I put the ball where it needed to be and tried to get it in the hands of our playmakers. There were a couple of plays, especially on the sack, I felt like I could've gotten the ball out there. But, you know, live and learn, I guess," Darnold said of the game.

It's the second strong outing from a rookie quarterback this week after Baker Mayfield shined in his NFL debut.