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FLORHAM PARK Chris Lindstrom Jersey , N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold knows this is only the beginning.It has been an up-and-down rookie season for the New York Jets quarterback, marked by some costly mistakes, flashes of brilliance, promising progress and invaluable experience.Darnold can also scratch fourth-quarter comeback off the list after directing the Jets past the Buffalo Bills last Sunday.“I always say that I’m taking it one game at a time and that’s definitely true, but at the same time, I do think about where I’m going to be at in a year or two from now,” Darnold said Tuesday. “I’m really excited about where I can go from here and really optimistic about the future and what it holds.”So are the Jets, who are 4-9 after snapping a six-game skid with a 27-23 victory. It was Darnold’s first game in over a month because of a foot injury, and it put the No. 3 overall draft pick back on track for a positive finish to the season.There was an early scare when Darnold had to leave the game for X-rays after it appeared he re-injured his foot. A sense of relief — by Darnold, the Jets and fans — followed when he was able to return to the field. And he got better as the day went along, even in the coldest game of the California kid’s career.“I prepared really hard,” Darnold said. “I thought I had a really good week of practice, my foot felt great. So, obviously , I had the hiccup there after the first drive but after that I came back out and felt fine. So it felt good, it wasn’t too cold or anything out there.“Yeah, I felt really good and I was confident in our guys, like I always am, and felt really good about going out there and slinging it.”Darnold made plays with his right arm and both of his feet against the Bills, capped by the comeback that had everyone in the organization feeling good again about the face of the franchise.And he has three more games to improve, something in which he puts a lot of stock.“For me, I think it’s just staying consistent,” Darnold said. “That’s the biggest word for me these next few games is just being a solid quarterback and someone who is able to move fast through his progressions and just stay consistent with that, but also make plays when they’re there.”One area Darnold wants to improve upon is his league-leading interception total. He’s at 15, despite missing three games.By no means, however, is that going to change his aggressive approach.“That’s the No. 1 goal as a quarterback: You don’t want to turn the ball over,” he said. “You want to give your defense a chance. If it’s third-and-long Kendall Sheffield Jersey , checking the ball down, but if the play is there and I feel like the play is there, I’m going to try to make it.“I’m definitely not going to flinch if I feel like something is there and if I throw an interception, I’m definitely going to be (ticked) off about it for a little bit but at the same time move on. If a play is there and I see it’s there, I’m going to rip it again and have no flinch about it. So I think that’s just kind of the way I am and how I’ve played my whole life. I’m just going to continue to do that.”Darnold was a full participant at practice Tuesday as the Jets prepare to host the Houston Texans on Saturday. He acknowledged that his foot has some expected soreness, but nothing that hampered him.“I feel great,” he said. “It feels great, you know, dropping back and being able to move in the pocket. Also, I was able to sprint a little bit today, which felt good as well.”Darnold will take the next three games as learning experiences, fine-tuning his timing, speeding his reads and sharpening his feel in the pocket — the last of which he can see a real difference in from his first NFL start three months ago.“I think I have progressed a lot, progressed really well , but at the same time there’s a lot of room to grow,” Darnold said. “I think that’s a feel thing, too. So I’m just going to try to get as much experience as I can, as many game reps as I can to get better at that.”NOTES: RBs Isaiah Crowell (toe), Elijah McGuire (ankle) and Trenton Cannon (toe) all sat out practice, leaving the Jets with just practice squad players in the backfield in De’Angelo Henderson and Mark Thompson. The team also signed RB Joel Bouagnon to the practice squad for added depth. Coach Todd Bowles said it was too early to rule anyone out against the Texans. … WR Quincy Enunwa (ankle) and LBs Jordan Jenkins (shoulder/ankle) and Jeremiah Attaochu (concussion) also didn’t practice. LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (shoulder) was limited. … New York also signed LB Jonathan Celestin to the practice squad and released S Tyvis Powell. ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Kerryon Johnson’s rookie season was one of few bright spots for the Detroit Lions in 2018.And even that ended sooner than the young running back would have liked.Johnson was limited to 10 games last season, and after the Lions were eliminated from playoff contention in mid-December, he went on injured reserve with knee problems. In the time he did play, he ran for 641 yards, the most by a Detroit player since 2014.The 21-year-old Johnson says he learned a lot from his first year as a pro. He figures to be a big part of any improvement Detroit enjoys this coming season.“It doesn’t take you long to see what you need to do to be in this league, because guys are so good,” Johnson said. “I look up, and we’re playing against Bobby Wagner Qadree Ollison Jersey , Khalil Mack, Aaron Donald, the superstars of the league. You realize very quickly what you need to do to be successful.”Johnson was available to reporters for a few minutes Thursday, and he approached the session with confidence, unafraid to show his personality. The former Auburn star began his news conference with a message for at least some of the Lions’ fan base.Both Auburn and Michigan State made the Final Four this year in basketball, losing in the semifinals. Johnson said — unprompted — that if the teams had met in the title game, his Tigers would have won by 20.Later, he discussed “Game of Thrones” — although he also dodged a question about whether he’d like the Lions to appear on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series. Whether that behind-the-scenes show features Detroit or not, Johnson has a chance to become one of the Lions’ most popular and productive players.He says he’s healthy, and he also indicated that this offseason has been a little more conducive to working on his craft.“Last year, I didn’t get this time. Last year, we’re preparing for the combine, all that fun stuff that people like to see,” Johnson said. “You don’t really get a chance to get better in football … really work on your specific skills.”Johnson was asked about the so-called rookie wall Rashan Gary Jersey , and he had an amusing answer to that too.“Rookie wall hit me, like, fall camp,” he said.Still, he finished second on the team with 118 carries despite missing so much time at the end of the season. Only LeGarrette Blount had more, and he’s a free agent who is no longer with the Lions. The stage is set for Johnson to take on an even more significant role.“I try to prepare every game like I’m getting 30 carries. My last year at Auburn did teach me that,” he said. “That’s not realistic, but that’s the kind of mindset I go in with.”NOTES: The Lions announced the signing of DT Darius Kilgo, released RB Kerwynn Williams and waived T Jarron Jones. Kilgo had five tackles in 11 games last season for the Tennessee Titans. He was originally selected in the sixth round of the 2015 draft by Denver. He has spent time with the Broncos and Patriots, and also on the practice squads of the Jaguars and Texans. … Lions head athletic trainer Kevin Bastin plans to step away from the NFL later this month. He is being replaced by Dave Granito.

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