Carolina Panthers: Sam Darnold Could Flourish with Change of Scenery
The Carolina Panthers acquired quarterback Sam Darnold in a trade with the New York Jets on Monday and it actually could work out for the former USC Trojan.
The Panthers had to give up a sixth-rounder in this year’s draft. They also gave New York a second-rounder and a fourth-rounder in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Sam Darnold doesn’t come across as a star QB, but he could play well in Carolina.
The Panthers are on the rise with Matt Rhule as the head coach and Joe Brady as the offensive coordinator.
Here are some reasons why the Panthers and Sam Darnold could turn out to be a lovely pairing.
Sam Darnold didn’t have much around him during his days in gang green, but in Carolina it seems different.
We can’t forget about star running back Christian McCaffrey who could end up being the best player Darnold ever played with. But, we have to see how healthy C-Mac is in 2021.
Darnold can play good football and has shown guts during his career.
Maybe Rhule feels like there’s some untapped potential in Darnold and that he and Joe Brady can elevate Darnold’s game to a new level.
NFC South has Changed
Sure the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could make another Super Bowl run in 2021, but New Orleans and Atlanta have work to do.
The Saints were also fighting the salary cap since they were way over it.
The Falcons don’t have much of a defense and Matt Ryan is in his mid-30s.
The Panthers showed some promise in their first season with Rhule leading the charge and competed with the Kansas City Chiefs.
It’s clear Carolina is growing into a new team and want to change their culture.
Sam Darnold is more of a playmaker than Teddy Bridgewater, which is a huge bonus for the Panthers.
The NFC will be top heavy with Tampa Bay, Green Bay, and the entire NFC West loaded with talent.
But, as we’ve seen in the past, if a team makes an upgrade at quarterback they have a chance to make big strides.
Much Needed Change
Darnold needed to leave New York.
The Jets stunk and went downhill after making Adam Gase their head coach.
The Jets didn’t have much offensive talent and Le’Veon Bell was not productive after signing with the team during the offseason in 2019.
With Darnold leaving a media capitol in New York and going to a more relaxed atmosphere in Carolina, he can hit the refresh button.
I’m not expecting perfection, but I’m expecting Darnold to play better football with a young group that is trying to prove themselves.
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