Davis Webb has yet to play a snap in an NFL regular season game, but that does not mean the second-year quarterback cannot help Sam Darnold.
Webb, 23, spent all last season soaking up as much knowledge as he could from two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning while with the Giants.
Now that he is a member of the Jets, Webb is doing what he can to pass along that knowledge to Darnold.
“I did learn a lot from Eli and I do try to give as much as I can to Sam that I learned from Eli because I think Sam is going to be a really good player,” Webb told Matt Stypulkoski of NJ.com. “He already is one, but I think he’s going to continue to get better.”
One of the things about Manning that stood out the most to Webb was his committment of staying in his routine.
Webb said Manning treated every day the same and even ate the same thing for breakfast — an omelette, oatmeal and a strawberry banana smoothie.
“He has a great routine,” Webb said. “H’s developed his routine since his first year in the NFL and I just kind of tell Sam what his routine was on his off day or Fridays. Fast Fridays, it wouldn’t be really fast for him. He’d be up there dotting the Is and crossing the Ts and doing all of that kind of stuff.”
That routine translates into work ethic, though, which is why Webb has a great deal of respect for Manning.
“He still was up there so late and that’s the things that I try to tell Sam, that Eli’s won two Super Bowls and done all these great things and he’s still the first one there, last one to leave,” he said.
Meanwhile, Darnold is developing a steady routine of his own — at least off the field.
Per Darryl Slater of NJ.com, the Jets rookie spends his down time reading leadership books, watching “Game of Thrones,” having dinners with teammates and Facetiming his family in order not to mentally exhaust himself in his first season in the NFL.
“It’s not easy by any means,” Darnold told NJ.com. “If it was easy, everyone could do it.”
Darnold will miss his second straight game this Sunday because of a strained right foot but the 21-year-old is itching to get back on the field after a four interception game against the Dolphins.
“I’m not going to come in here Monday and pretend to be: ‘Everything is going to be OK, man. We’re fine. Let’s get after it,'” he said. “It’s OK to sulk a little bit, because losing sucks. But at the same time, I’m just trying to stay positive throughout the whole thing. That’s really what I’m trying to be.”