Sam Darnold made his season debut throughout Sunday’s win over the Broncos, serving because the third totally different choice below heart for the Panthers in 2022. His tenure again within the No. 1 function is not going to be a one-off, nevertheless.
Interim head coach Steve Wilks stated on Sunday that Darnold will get the nod as soon as once more in Week 13 when Carolina performs Seattle. The announcement comes after Wilks indicated his intention to have him see recreation motion in 2022, which was confirmed with the Week 12 start. The crew’s No. 1 choice for many of final season, Darnold was lengthy seen as a alternative candidate this previous offseason.
To little shock, the crew introduced in Baker Mayfield from the Browns via a commerce it had been eyeing effectively earlier than it was consummated in July. It was the previous No. 1 total choose who gained out Carolina’s coaching camp competitors, however he struggled mightily earlier than taking place with a excessive ankle sprain. With Darnold having suffered the identical damage within the preseason and being unavailable, Carolina turned to P.J. Walker as its starter for a stretch.
Mayfield was thrust again into the No. 1 function throughout Week 11, a 13-3 loss to the Ravens throughout which he threw a pair of late interceptions. Darnold’s return to well being allowed him to information the crew’s offense Sunday, although, and assist lead the Panthers to a 23-10 win. The USC product competed simply 11 passes for 164 yards and one landing, however he generated a passer ranking of 103.8 and can have the chance to construct on that efficiency this week.
With each Darnold and fellow 2018 draftee Mayfield pending free brokers, the closing weeks of the season shall be extremely vital for each of them from a monetary perspective. Solid performances from the previous might assist erase the struggles of the previous in Charlotte (and assist earn him at the very least consideration for a deal to compete with injured rookie Matt Corral for a 2023 roster spot), which might additionally impact the sidelines. With Wilks reportedly making a case to remain the team’s permanent HC, lots shall be at stake because the calendar flips to December regardless of the Panthers’ 4-8 file.