When recently retired Cowboys TE Jason Witten watches Sam Darnold, he sees similarities between the no. 3 overall pick and former Cowboys QB Tony Romo.
Romo and Darnold share the ability to thrive even when the scripted play goes awry. Romo made a career out of extending plays and Darnold earned a similar reputation while at USC.
"He's calm, he's got this poise. He reminds me a little bit of Tony Romo, the way he creates plays," Witten said on ESPN's Get Up! morning show. "He has some of that moxie."
In ten seasons as the Cowboys starter, Romo completed 64.3 percent of passes, racked up 34,183 yards with 248 TD and 117 INT.
Despite the Jets re-signing Josh McCown and signing Teddy Bridgewater, Darnold will be given the chance to be the Jets starter this season. Witten thinks Darnold will be able to leave his mark on the team as soon as this season.
"[Todd Bowles] is going to get his defense right; he's a clear communicator and he's not worried about ruffling any feathers," Witten said of Bowles. "I think Darnold steps in and is a star before we know it."