Heading into the Week 1 meeting with the Bills, there's plenty of intrigue about how the Jets' new-look offense will operate under the command of head coach Adam Gase.
Every play, of course, will start in the hands of Sam Darnold, whose confidence is sky high heading into his second pro season.
"We have a ton of confidence. A ton of confidence not only in the coaching staff and the game plan that we have going into Week One, but just in ourselves too," Darnold said on Thursday. "We have a ton of confidence in ourselves and for me, I have a ton of trust in the O-line that they'll protect and I have a ton of trust that everyone is going to be in the right spot, doing the right things.
"I do think it's a testament to how well we practiced in OTA's, training camp and now going into Week One, we had a good preseason. We're ready to roll."
In 13 games as a rookie, Darnold completed 57.7% of his passes for 2,865 yards, 17 TDs and 15 interceptions. The Jets went 4-9 in his starts, but he showed plenty of promise in his first year under center for Gang Green.
His first career NFL pass was infamously returned for an interception in Detroit, but his comfort level is much higher this time around for the season opener.
"I think I was in a different place," Darnold said of his 2018 season debut. "Just being a rookie going into my first game, I was just feeling a little bit different. I wasn't nearly as comfortable as I am now, I don't think it's because of the offense necessarily, I mean I love this offense that we're in right now, but I just think it's the comfort level with everything else. Given that it is Year Two and I know all the guys in the locker room and all that stuff I have been talking about. I think those are the reasons I feel a little bit more comfortable going into this Week One."
Now, armed with an offensive-minded head coach, new weapons in Le'Veon Bell and Jamison Crowder, and a year of NFL experience, Darnold is eagerly awaiting the start of the season to come.
"For me, it's good to get excited. I never get too hyped," Darnold said. "You guys see me, I'm never too high. I feel like I'm never too low either. I try to stay in that happy medium kind of. I think it's good for me to get a little excited during the week. I think everyone is too, football's back and we're ready to go.
"That first game everyone wants to get out there and play football especially with the new coaching staff and us players we want to show what we got with new personnel as well. The coaches have been getting us ready for this time and for this point. We're really excited about it."