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|Sam Darnold spent a few minutes chatting with Joe Namath and only wished he had more time. At this rate Mike Green Jersey , though, the youngster will have plenty more opportunities down the line.
Darnold led the Jets on two touchdown drives, moving closer to securing the starting quarterback job in a 22-16 loss to the New York Giants on Friday night.
That came after Darnold and the Jets' other quarterbacks met briefly on the field with the man who has led the team to its only Super Bowl win 鈥?50 seasons ago.
"It was cool to meet 'Broadway Joe,'" a smiling Darnold said. "And to know the history that he has with this franchise, it was awesome to get to meet him."
Jets fans are hoping Darnold might be able to someday have the same impact.
Small steps first, of course. The No. 3 overall draft pick made his second consecutive start, finishing 8 of 16 for 86 yards 鈥?including a 12-yard touchdown pass to Terrelle Pryor.
Darnold is competing with Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown for the Jets' starting job, but the rookie is being given every chance to be under center when New York opens the regular season at Detroit on Sept. 10.
"So far, I think I've been really consistent," Darnold said. "At the same time, obviously there's little things I can always get better at."
Bridgewater came in on the Jets' second offensive possession of the second half, while McCown never played. Bridgewater was 11 of 15 for 104 yards.
Darnold got off to a solid start, leading an 11-play, 75-yard drive on the Jets' opening series that was capped by Bilal Powell's 10-yard touchdown run.
Darnold converted two third-and-long plays during the possession, first with a 13-yard completion to Neal Sterling. On third-and-13 from the Giants 35, Darnold showed off his scrambling ability by scooting to his left and zipping upfield for 14 yards.
"It's kind of what I've done my whole life, just play football," Darnold said. "When something's not there and I see a lane Brandon Manning Jersey , take it. But also continue to secure the ball and not turn the ball over. And, if I can do those things and just continue to play football at the same time, I think I'll be all right."
After Darnold's 11-yard completion to Robby Anderson, Powell ran untouched into the end zone to give the Jets (1-2) an early 7-0 lead.
"Any time you go down the field on your first drive and score a touchdown against a good defense, that's a good thing," coach Todd Bowles said. "For the most part, he did his job."
Darnold's second series went nowhere, hurt in large part by a false start penalty on tight end Eric Tomlinson.
Hunter Sharp took Lachlan Edwards' punt from 55 yards out and zig-zagged a bit on his way to the end zone to tie it at 7 with 3:52 left in the opening quarter.
"The punt return was just the spark we needed," Giants coach Pat Shurmur said. "It was a terrific run, well blocked."
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Aldrick Rosas kicked field goals of 48, 40, 27 and 21 yards to give the Giants a 19-13 lead into halftime.
The third field goal came after Trenton Cannon fumbled a kickoff when he was hit by Ray-Ray Armstrong, and Jerell Adams recovered for the Giants (2-1).
The Giants' starters played just the first two quarters, with Eli Manning going 17 of 23 for 188 yards in what was likely his final tuneup before the regular season. Sterling Shepard had seven catches for 78 yards.
"I thought we did a couple of good things," Manning said. "Obviously, we'd like to score more when we get into the red zone down there. I thought there were a lot of good things and we moved the ball pretty well."
The backups opened the second half to face the Jets, who left their starters on both sides of the ball in for much of the third quarter.
Manning connected with Cody Latimer on a 54-yard pass on first down late in the first quarter to put the Giants at the Jets 6.
Jonathan Stewart took the handoff on the next play and was met by Avery Williamson, who ripped the ball out of the running back's hands. Leonard Williams scooped up the fumble and returned it 39 yards to the Giants 47.
Four plays later Youth Corey Crawford Jersey , Darnold completed a 16-yard pass to Quincy Enunwa on third-and-6 from the 28. Darnold then found Pryor to give the Jets the lead 56 seconds into the second quarter.
Taylor Bertolet made the extra point, but it was negated by Jonotthan Harrison's false start 鈥?and Bertolet missed the re-kick.
Giants running back Saquon Barkley, taken a spot ahead of Darnold, returned to practice this week on a limited basis for the first time since suffering a mild hamstring strain nine days earlier but sat out.
Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was a full participant in practice, but also didn't play as he continues to work his way back after breaking his ankle last October.
There were no displays of protest by either the Jets or Giants, with both teams standing on the sideline for the anthem.
The Jets were called for 13 penalties, costing them 108 yards. The Giants were called for six for 50.
"It felt like more than that," Bowles said. "We can't have that going into opening day."
Giants: Starting TE Evan Engram left with 5:21 left in the second quarter with a concussion. He was sandwiched by Williamson and Darron Lee after catching a 6-yard pass at the Jets 24. The ball came loose at the end of the play and was ruled a fumble, but the call was overturned after a video review. ... Backup TE Rhett Ellison left in the second quarter with an eye injury.
Jets: CB Rashard Robinson left early in the fourth quarter with a hip injury. ... WR Jermaine Kearse was held out with a sore abdomen.
Giants: home vs. New England next Thursday night.
Jets: at Philadelphia next Thursday night.
Terrell Owens learned a valuable lesson at a young age from the most influential person in his life.
"I've always listened and learned a lot from my grandmother and how she lived her life and how she wanted me to live my life," Owens told The Associated Press about Alice Black, who died of Alzheimer's disease in 2012. "No matter what people say about you good, bad or indifferent, you just have to believe in yourself. And when you have belief in the man above, knowing you're not perfect, the people who walk this Earth aren't perfect either, and (if) you start to pass judgment and start to believe things about people who you don't know personally, then that's really a reflection of yourself."
Growing up in a poor family in Alabama, Owens had a difficult childhood and he was often lonely. He was raised by his grandmother and his single mother Phil Kessel Jersey , who spent much of her time working double shifts to support her children.
"Early in my career when I was an adolescent and teenager, I had self-esteem issues," Owens said. "I had to get out of that and understand that you have to believe in yourself in order to progress in order to do anything in your life. I'm very proud of how my grandmother raised me."
Plenty of people have formed strong opinions about Owens, sometimes based on rumors and innuendo. T.O. certainly brought much of the criticism on himself with some of his outlandish behavior, but he believes he was also misunderstood at times. It was easier for critics to pile on than try to understand what made Owens tick.
That's why Owens believes it took Pro Football Hall of Fame voters three tries to finally get him into the Canton shrine, although he's not actually going to Ohio. Miffed that he was passed over twice, Owens is skipping the induction ceremony and instead giving his acceptance speech at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Owens said he visited the hall after his selection and decided he'd rather celebrate the big day at his alma mater.
"I feel the Hall of Fame committee needs to find a better formula and format in which guys get nominated and inducted, because all the hard work we're doing as players to better our lives, our careers, our fate is in guys' hands that have never played before," Owens said, perhaps ignoring that Hall of Famers Dan Fouts and James Lofton are among the voters. "People not giving me my recognition because a few people have said they didn't like me. The narrative has been created and portrayed that I was divisive in the locker room and I wasn't a good person or a bad teammate, but there have been people who have stood on the table for me and said I was a good teammate, a great player. But that's the narrative they didn't go with."
The 44-year-old Owens had a mostly sensational 15-year career playing for San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati. He is second to Jerry Rice in receiving yards and third in touchdown catches behind Rice and Randy Moss, who was chosen in his first year of eligibility.
No. 81 was a five-time All-Pro Ryan McDonagh Jersey , a six-time Pro Bowl pick and one of the most entertaining players of his generation. His touchdown celebrations are legendary and no one worked harder to stay in excellent shape. Some think Owens could still play in the NFL; he has toyed with an attempted comeback in the Canadian Football League. He had 72 catches for 983 yards and nine TDs in his final season, in 2010, and finished with 1,078 receptions, 15,934 yards receiving and 153 TDs.
Owens was part of eight playoff teams but only reached the Super Bowl once after joining the Eagles in 2004. He gave a heroic performance in Philadelphia's 24-21 loss to New England, catching nine passes for 122 yards after defying doctor's orders and returning to play on his surgically repaired ankle 6 1/2 weeks after an operation.
"What I did, it was bigger than the Super Bowl for me," Owens said. "I understood the ultimate goal was to win the game and that was heavily on my mind, and I think with my performance, you can tell that was what was on my mind. But coming out of that tunnel for the first time, the media was waiting for me to run around on the field and go through my normal routine like I do before every game just to get a glimpse, see if I was limping, things of that nature on that ankle. Coming out of that tunnel, I wanted people to know my faith in God was the No. 1 reason I was able to do what I did."
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