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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold lived up to the hype in his preseason debut Friday night at MetLife Stadium, bolstering his chance of becoming the Week 1 starter.

Darnold, drafted third overall, completed 13 of 18 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown in two-plus quarters of action for the Jets in a 17-0 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

He received a rousing ovation from the home crowd as he ran onto the field, and he didn’t disappoint. Showing unusual poise for a rookie, he completed eight of his first nine attempts. Some of his best throws came on the move as he eluded pressure.

“I felt pretty good,” Darnold said. “I put the ball where it needed to be and tried to get it in the hands of our playmakers. There were a couple of plays, especially on the sack, I felt like I could’ve gotten the ball out there. But, you know, live and learn, I guess.”

Darnold replaced backup Teddy Bridgewater, who also made a bid for the starting job. In his first extensive action in two years, Bridgewater completed 7 of 8 passes for 85 yards,

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