But he's also already showcased a lot of the poise and movement that convinced the Jets to take him No. 3 overall in April - enough that Patricia should be anxious if someone other than Ezekiel Ansah and Darius Slay can't make big plays Monday night.
A day later, in the first of two season-opening "Monday Night Football" contests, we'll at least have one NFC North team in the mix. "They obviously are the ones that played well tonight", Patricia said. Especially with NY starting a rookie quarterback, Sam Darnold. He tried to hit Bilal Powell running into space to his left, but Diggs was waiting and pounced on the pass.
Diggs was waiting. Whatever misdirection Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates was trying to create didn't work. Darnold made the mistake of throwing back across the field on the play, which was designed for him to roll right. Instead of a quick slant or something similarly easy to get Darnold settled in, the Jets got tricky.
Such a pass is a pretty good "Welcome to the NFL" moment for Darnold, if nothing else. Giants fans even got in the fun, sharing their delight at their team taking running back Saquon Barkley instead one pick earlier.
Crowell scored a 6-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7 with 4:20 remaining in the first quarter, and the Jets turned a Morris Claiborne interception into a 35-yard Jacob Myers field goal. Brett Favre and Jameis Winston. And yet there is something positive to take away from Detroit's woeful stretch: They enter with largely the same core of playmakers - a group that should give the Jets trouble. He had a very good first half after that, including a great pass on his first career touchdown to Robby Anderson.
It'll mark the regular season debut of highly touted rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, who'll start under-center for NY.
Darnold shook off the poor start, though, and showed the poise that the Jets have fallen in love with since drafting him.
But Darnold, picked third overall in this year's draft, recovered brilliantly to lead the Jets fightback.
But this was more about Darnold and the Jets than it was about Stafford, Patricia and the Lions.
On the first play of the game, .
But the wheels began falling off for the Lions soon afterwards. If that didn't happen, it was going to be trouble.