Sam Darnold’s close friend, Mark Sanchez sound off on delicate Jets situation

LOS ANGELES — Speculation swirls every day about what’s going to happen with Sam Darnold. Will he still be playing with the Jets in 2021? Will he be traded? Everyone wants to know.

Meanwhile, the subject of that endless sports-radio discussion quietly is going about his offseason business around home in Southern California.

According to close confidants, Darnold, who’s three years into a Jets career that’s been anything but a success since he was drafted No. 3-overall in 2018, has been handling his career uncertainty with the same level-headed maturity that he’s handled the on-field adversity.

Jordan Palmer is a long-time friend of Darnold’s and he’s also his offseason quarterback coach, the founder of the QB Summit, a widely heralded training program that has helped develop the likes of Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson and Josh Allen.

Palmer, in an exclusive interview with The Post during a break from one of his beach training sessions this past weekend in Dana Point, Calif., remains highly bullish on the career of Darnold.

“I’m as biased as it gets, but I’m going to keep it [bleeping] real here: I have more confidence in Sam at this point in his career that he’s going to reach his potential than I did three years ago,’’ Palmer said. “He’s been hardened by how difficult his first three years have been and some of the challenges that’s he’s had. I’ve seen him grow a ton with that with…

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