EAST RUTHERFORD – Sam Darnold shone in his NFL debut, Teddy Bridgewater looked accurate and healthy, and the New York Jets the first shutout in preseason start in franchise history by beating the inoperative Atlanta Falcons, 17-0 , this Friday night. Darnold, drafted with the third overall pick in the April draft, was the third Jets quarterback in the game, behind Josh McCown and Bridgewater. The former USC star received a standing ovation when he entered the field at MetLife Stadium with 8:41 left in the first half. Darnold's first series ended in a punt and his left hand was checked by the doctors on the bench. then it came out But he was fine and used a glove in the second half. He lifted the crowd again shortly before halftime, throwing a 14-yard touchdown pass to Charles Johnson who gave the lead 17-0 to New York. Darnold, 21 aged, showed the calm of a veteran in the series by completing six consecutive passes to reach the Falcons 3. He would have completed his seventh consecutive pass, but his pass to the diagonals was dropped by Johnson. Darnold threw Johnson back on the next play and the catcher caught a 3-yard touchdown pass, but was punished for offensive pass interference. At third and 14, Darnold again threw Johnson as he ran to his right and completed his pass. Darnold, who finished with 13 completions in 18 attempts for 96 yards, missed three days of training camp before his representatives and the Jets agreed to a fully guaranteed four-year, $ 30.25 million contract that included a bonus for signing of 20 million. He quickly made up for lost time and is getting every opportunity to win the title. McCown is the regular starter and started the game, but he only participated in a series, like he did last summer when New York wanted to extend Bryce Petty's playing time. and Christian Hackenberg. The 39-year-old veteran completed his only pitch, a 4-yard loss to Neal Sterling.