Sam Darnold is again within the saddle.
The Carolina Panthers introduced Tuesday that the previous New York Jets quarterback will begin Sunday in opposition to the Denver Broncos.
Sunday will probably be Darnold’s first begin of the season at Carolina, the place he competed for the beginning job in opposition to Baker Mayfield over the summer season. Darnold was anticipated to again up Mayfield, who gained the job in August, however suffered an ankle damage in a preseason sport in opposition to the Payments and was dominated out.
Darnold, the previous No. 3 total choose, began 11 video games for the Panthers final season. Carolina went 4–7 in these begins.
Darnold accomplished 59.6 p.c of his passes final 12 months, threw for six.2 yards per try, and logged 9 touchdowns in opposition to 13 interceptions.
The Panthers have had a tough season. They’re 3-8 and in final place within the NFC South. Head coach Matt Rode was fired halfway by way of the season after accumulating an 11–27 report in two and a half years.
Though this season is over for Carolina, Sunday is a chance for Darnold to indicate each the Panthers and different potential groups that he’s able to competing for a beginning job.
Darnold, who arrived in Carolina in April 2021, will probably be a free agent after this season.
The Panthers are 2.5-point house underdogs to the Broncos on Sunday.