Sam Darnold is leaving his best weapon unused

How about this for the start of Sunday’s Jets game against the Broncos at MetLife Stadium: Get aggressive early on offense and go for the jugular immediately.

How about immediately loosening the Denver defense up by taking some shots down the field with rookie quarterback Sam Darnold throwing the ball deep to Robby Anderson and letting him make a play, whether it’s with a catch or drawing a pass interference penalty?

For obvious reasons, the Jets have played it very close to the vest on offense as they’ve tried both to protect their rookie quarterback and break him in at the same time.

Understandable. But the Jets are 1-3 and it’s time for them to play with a bit more urgency.

Darnold has the arm to deliver the football where it needs to go, which is down the field to the likes of Anderson, who with his speed is the closest thing the Jets have to a dangerous skill position player on offense.

To be fair, Darnold has had receivers like Anderson open deep down the field for potential TDs and he hasn’t seen them. Part of his growth is being able to quickly move through his progressions, and Darnold isn’t quite adept enough to get through them rapidly enough to see some of his open options.

This will come. The Jets hope sooner rather than later — and possibly in time for the Broncos on Sunday — because they’re an offense in serious need of some game-turning chunk plays.

The good news is Darnold has done a pretty good job of protecting the football. The bad news is he’s thrown only four touchdowns in four games, which is not enough.

Subsequently, it’s been a quiet fall so far for Anderson, who has just eight catches for 108 yards and a touchdown in four games. He’s been targeted just 16 times compared to the 37 times Darnold has looked the way of Quincy Enunwa. Jermaine Kearse, who missed the first game with an abdominal injury, has been targeted just 13 times and Terrelle Pryor 15 times.

To his credit, Anderson, despite being open for some big plays and not having had the ball thrown his way, hasn’t groused about his lack of touches. He’s been waiting patiently. Waiting to explode.

Asked by The Post how much he looks forward to that breakout game finally arriving for him and the offense, Anderson said, “Oh, I’m ready. I’m like a lion in the zoo waiting for them to drop that steak in the cage. I’m feeling it.”

Darnold surely wants to spread the ball around more to his receivers. He just seems a bit too fixated on Enunwa, which isn’t a terrible thing because Enunwa is a big, dependable target. But the other receivers — most notably Anderson — need to be more involved.

Is the plan to spread the ball around?

“I would say so,” Anderson said. “But one thing I would say about quote-unquote ‘plans,’ they don’t always go as planned. Even in life, you can plan out a whole day, and let’s say you’re going somewhere and you catch a flat tire. All of a sudden, your whole plan is ruined. Things get off schedule and there are twists and turns.”

Anderson, as much as he craves the rock, seems to have a patient understanding for what Darnold is going through as a rookie.

“I think back to my rookie year, the first few games I started, that (bleep) was hard, you know?” Anderson said. “I can only imagine as a quarterback how hard it is for [Darnold]. I know it’s challenging, but I see the growth, the hard work and the positivity.

“I think the more that we support him and make those plays for him and the O-line protects him and the running game gets going everything is going to start clicking. We’ve just to be positive and stay patient.”

Anderson said Darnold doesn’t have to promise the receivers the balls will come to them.

“I don’t think he has to say he wants to get the ball to you, it’s not like he doesn’t want to,” Anderson said. “He wants to be successful, but he’s still learning this thing.”

Veteran backup quarterback Josh McCown, Darnold’s mentor and de facto quarterbacks coach, said he likes the patience Darnold has shown in not forcing things — even if the big plays aren’t happening yet.

“The main thing is going through your reads, and whatever the read is, go through it and trust it,” McCown said. “You can’t get too concerned with trying to force spreading the ball around. Let it come. It’s hard for young players. You walk into the huddle and you’ve got veteran receivers and you want to make sure you get those guys the ball.

“It’s important for him to understand, though, that there are reads and progressions for a reason. He’s done a great job of trusting that. It’s still early in the season, and I think as things evolve, you’ll see things spread around more.”