Legendary Jets QB Joe Namath spoke Tuesday about the recently-drafted Sam Darnold and whether starting him this season should be on the table.
"First of all, anybody that is starting on that field has to have convinced their teammates that he's worthy to start," Namath said. "And for a 20-year-old rookie quarterback, that's gonna be tough to do early on. Because the big leagues -- pro football -- is different than college football."
While Namath thinks Darnold and any rookie has a lot to prove, he believes he should be out there if he shows he's ready.
"Yes. I believe in playing a rookie if he's capable," Namath said. "Certainly if he convinces his team that he can do it and coaches, they'll put him out there."
Namath also touched on whether Darnold can handle New York.
"I don't know that anybody can completely handle New York," he said. "It's a one-of-a-kind city with a one-of-a-kind great population. And it's the greatest city in the world. I think Sam will be alright with the tutoring that he's getting."
Darnold is expected to fight for the starting job with Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater. Christian Hackenberg is also on the roster.