NFC South Quarterback Rankings – No. 4: Sam Darnold (Carolina Panthers)
New York wasn’t kind to Sam Darnold and now he’s on his second team and hoping that a change of scenery will help what was ailing him. The Panthers traded for Darnold after the Teddy Bridgewater experiment didn’t go according to plan for them in 2020.
Darnold’s 2020 campaign didn’t go much better, as he threw for 2,208 yards, nine touchdowns, and 11 interceptions through 12 starts. He didn’t have a lot of talent surrounding him during his three years in New York and while he has Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, and Robby Anderson in Carolina, will it be enough to turn his career around?
This could be Darnold’s last chance to prove he has what it takes to be a starter in the NFL and he’ll get his first chance to prove he’s worthy to be a starter against his former team as the Panthers and Jets play in Week 1. That’ll be a lot of fun to watch (well, at least when it comes to watching the Jets).
While Darnold has a chance to bounce back with a new team, he’s easily the weakest quarterback in the division until he proves otherwise.