Kelvin Beachum On WFAN: Sam Darnold Has 'Ice In His Veins'

Boomer and Gio
December 10, 2018 - 2:49 pm

NEW YORK (WFAN) -- They had to come from behind, but on Sunday the Jets managed to get revenge against a Buffalo team that smacked them just under a month ago.

Todd Bowles’ team emerged victorious from a battle of two rookie QBs, and now New York approaches their last three games of their season with a 4-9 record. They won't be going to the playoffs, but that doesn't mean there isn't anything left to play for. 

Kelvin Beachum anchored the offensive line in the victory, and on Monday he joined Boomer & Gio in studio to talk about the win and the current state of the New York Jets.

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Beachum was pleased to have made things right against the Bills.

“It was exciting. It was a sigh of relief first and foremost, but we owed them,” said Beachum. “They came into our house and gave us a beatdown. So, to go back up to their house and get a win in that fashion was special.”

Sam Darnold was a big part of the Jets comeback in Orchard Park. The rookie QB had one of his best games of the season and was especially impressive in crunch time. Beachum took notice.

“He got ice in his veins. I love the fact that he’s calm, cool and collected, and he plays with poise at all times. To be that young, sometimes you forgot how young he is, but to play with that type of poise consistently, win or lose, that’s something you’ve got to appreciate about him.”

Darnold’s play was encouraging to see after he missed the previous three games due to a foot injury. Still, it wasn’t a perfect showing from the 21-year-old. Beachum recognizes that he still has a lot of learning to do, including some of the intricacies that come with the many little responsibilities of being a franchise quarterback in the NFL.

“He’s doing better. He’s getting better. It’s something that we still have to work on. By no means is he there yet. But just making sure you come into the huddle and are speaking articulately, where everybody can hear you. When we had that crowd noise when it got kind of loud there in Buffalo, making sure that everybody hears you … but he’s getting better. And it’s something that he’s going to continue to work on. I think that’s just part of being young, but I think he’s getting better and I’m really excited for his growth.”

Beachum is passionate about giving back to his community. He also discussed some of his many charitable endeavors which have earned him recognition as a finalist for the NFL's 2018 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. 

Listen to Kelvin Beachum's full interview with "Boomer & Gio" below: