Opponent Game Opp RK Opp FPTS
vs 10 19
@ 8 18
vs 5 16
vs 12 19
vs 13 19
@ 3 16
vs 24 20
@ 30 22
@ 14 19
vs 30 22
@ 29 21
vs 6 17
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@ 18 19
vs 20 20
vs 27 21
@ 24 20
@ 5 16
Player Outlook
Darnold will compete for the Panthers starting quarterback job this preseason. If he doesn't get it, it's because Carolina either acquired another quarterback or because rookie Matt Corral isn't that much of a drop-off from Darnold. The former first-round pick went from boom to bust in short order last season, plagued by terrible reads and rushed passing. No one should expect Darnold to play a full slate of games, making him borderline irrelevant except in two-QB leagues, where desperate Fantasy managers might wind up taking him late as a No. 3 option.

Fantasy Stats

passing rushing fantasy
Year yds
Passing Yards
Touchdown Passes
Interceptions Thrown
Rushing Yards
Rushing Touchdowns
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2021 2527 9 13 222 5 17514.6
2020 2208 9 11 217 2 15112.6
3y Avg. 2586 12 12 167 3 18315.3
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Limited work in preseason contest

    Darnold completed two of three passes for 16 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 23-21 preseason victory over the Commanders. Darnold played on Carolina's second and third offensive possessions. The former began deep in Washington territory after an Antonio Gibson fumble, which Darnold capped with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins. Darnold appears to be slightly behind Baker Mayfield in the competition to be the Panthers' starting quarterback in Week 1, but after the game coach Matt Rhule said that no decision has been made to this point, per Schuyler Callihan of
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: To see about one series Saturday

    Coach Matt Rhule said Thursday that Darnold and Baker Mayfield will each play roughly one series apiece during Saturday's preseason game at Washington, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports. Darnold and Mayfield are in the midst of a quarterback competition, with the latter seeming to take on more of the first-team reps as training camp went on. That said, Rhule didn't announce who will start Saturday, only noting both players will earn 8-to-10 plays. The Panthers aren't expected to name a Week 1 starter between the two until after their second exhibition Friday, Aug. 19 at New England, at the earliest.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Not being shopped

    Darnold was notified Monday by general manager Scott Fitterer that he's not being shopped in trade discussions, Ellis Williams of The Charlotte Observer reports. Darnold has been subject to trade speculation since the Panthers acquired fellow quarterback Baker Mayfield this offseason. While only one of the signal-callers will earn Carolina's starting job, with Mayfield reportedly emerging as the favorite early on, Darnold was told by Fitterer not to worry about recent chatter regarding a trade. With that assurance, Darnold will try to put his best foot forward in Saturday's preseason opener versus the Commanders.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Keeping pace in QB competition

    Darnold has been more consistent than Baker Mayfield over the first few days of Carolina's training camp, Darin Gantt of the team's official site reports. Gantt points out that Darnold likely has benefited from having more time in the team's system than Mayfield, who was acquired via trade in July. Mayfield thus far has shown more upside but less consistency. While Mayfield is the consensus favorite to win Carolina's quarterback competition, Darnold won't make it easy to do so.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Set to compete with Mayfield

    Darnold is now in line to compete with Baker Mayfield -- who was acquired by Carolina on Wednesday -- for the team's starting quarterback job, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports. The competition will feature the top two quarterbacks selected in the 2018 NFL Draft, as Darnold was chosen by the Jets with the No. 3 overall pick, while the Browns grabbed Mayfield with the top overall pick. While nothing will be handed to Mayfield, it stands to reason that the Panthers wouldn't have acquired him had Darnold been viewed as the team's clear-cut answer under center. The 25-year-old Darnold is coming off an uneven 2021 campaign -- his first with Carolina -- in which he logged 2,527 passing yards to go with a 9:13 TD:INT in 12 games. For his part, Mayfield has reportedly recovered from an injury to his non-throwing shoulder, an injury that hampered him during his final season in Cleveland.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Has competition from Corral

    Darnold remains the Panthers' starting quarterback for now, but rookie third-rounder Matt Corral could get an opportunity to play early in his career if Darnold struggles this season, ESPN's David Newton reports. Darnold has not performed up to expectations since entering the league as the second pick four years ago. Even with his change of scenery joining the Panthers last season, Darnold completed under 60 percent of his passes for just nine touchdowns versus 13 interceptions in 12 games. He also lost a pair of fumbles. Although Carolina opting not to trade for Baker Mayfield signals some patience with their quarterback situation, Darnold now has Corral to watch in his rear-view mirror as he approaches the upcoming campaign.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Still viewed as starter

    Panthers offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo said he views Darnold as his starting quarterback, though McAdoo also added, "that is something I shouldn't have said," per David Newton of The Panthers missed out on Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson, but they could still make a move for Baker Mayfield or Jimmy Garoppolo, or else bring in an early draft pick to challenge Darnold. Ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft, it's only Darnold and P.J. Walker in the Carolina quarterback room for the start of the offseason program. Darnold has a guaranteed $18.9 million salary for 2022, the fifth and final year of his rookie contract.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Turns it over twice

    Darnold completed 29 of 42 passes for 219 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Buccaneers. He also rushed eight times for 19 yards and lost a fumble. Darnold threw his first touchdown pass since Week 6 by finding tailback Chuba Hubbard for a two-yard score to cap Carolina's opening drive. While he'd later add to his tally with an impressive 19-yard touchdown to Robby Anderson on a fourth-down play during the fourth quarter, Darnold subsequently coughed the ball up and was picked off. After a rough start to his career with the Jets, the 24-year-old's first season with the Panthers was also marred by turnovers, as Darnold was intercepted 13 times and lost two fumbles in 12 games played. Compared to just nine touchdown passes and five rushing scores, most of which came over the first four weeks, Darnold's underwhelming totals coincided with diminishing returns. With Carolina picking up his fifth-year option prior to the campaign, however, Darnold is under contract for next season. Whether he ultimately remains the starter or not, his decline as this season unfolded dampens his stock's outlook as he embarks on the offseason.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Expected to start in Week 18

    Coach Matt Rhule said Monday that he expects Darnold to start Sunday against the Buccaneers, David Newton of reports. Darnold started in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Saints and completed 17 of 26 passes for 132 yards and an interception. Rhule said that Cam Newton once again will be available after playing one offensive snap against New Orleans, and the 32-year-old's most likely path toward playing time is through red-zone duties. However, Darnold should be in line to handle the majority of the snaps.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Turns it over twice

    Darnold completed 17 of 26 passes for 132 yards and an interception in Sunday's 18-10 loss to the Saints. He also was sacked seven times and lost a fumble. Darnold led the Panthers to points on their first two drives, but his performance went downhill from there. The signal-caller was stripped deep in his own territory on Carolina's third offensive series, then took plenty more hits while struggling to move the ball beyond underneath completions. When trying to tie the game late, Darnold was intercepted on his final pass, capping another underwhelming showing. While it's encouraging that Darnold made way for Cam Newton for only one offensive snap -- a five-yard rush by Newton in the second quarter -- his display Sunday doesn't raise optimism over his stock heading into Week 18's finale versus the Buccaneers.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Named as Week 17 starter

    Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said Darnold will start Sunday's game against the Saints, David Newton of reports. Rhule wouldn't comment on his plans for Week 18 in Tampa Bay, merely saying that Darnold will gather the Week 17 start. Cam Newton may still get snaps, especially near the goal line, and the New Orleans defense hardly makes for a favorable matchup. Darnold struggled after replacing Newton in last week's loss to Tampa, completing 15 of 32 passes for 190 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Sees more action than Newton

    Darnold (shoulder) completed 15 of 32 passes for 190 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Panthers' 32-6 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also rushed once for 11 yards and fumbled once but recovered. The embattled signal-caller saw his first action since Week 9 and ended up outpacing starter Cam Newton by 19 pass attempts overall. Coach Matt Rhule had indicated Darnold would see a fair share of snaps over the final three games, but his workload Sunday arguably exceeded initial projections for his Week 16 return. Neither Darnold nor Newton did anything to distinguish themselves in the ugly loss, however, and David Newton of reports that Rhule was non-committal following the game about the starter for a Week 17 road divisional clash against the Saints.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Cleared for contact

    Darnold (shoulder) has been cleared Monday to resume taking contact reps, Jonathan M. Alexander of The Charlotte Observer reports. Coach Matt Rhule said Monday that he won't make a decision about a Week 16 starter until evaluating Darnold at practice, a hint that the signal-caller could be nearing a recovery from his right shoulder injury. Rhule also noted that he'd like to get Darnold more opportunities on the field this season, per David Newton of, perhaps lending credence to the idea that the 2018 first-round pick would reclaim the starting job were he to return to full health. For the time being, Darnold remains on IR, but if the Panthers believe he's made enough progress to return to action he could be activated ahead of Week 16's matchup against Tampa Bay.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Needs another week or two

    Darnold (shoulder) is likely still a week or two away from being ready for games, David Newton of reports. Darnold returned to practice Wednesday after being designated to return from injured reserve, but head coach Matt Rhule said the quarterback "can't really practice yet" since he hasn't been cleared to take contact, according to Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site. That likely means Darnold isn't able to do much throwing either, which leaves the Panthers with Cam Newton and P.J. Walker as the options at quarterback for at least another week or two. Of course, there's no guarantee of Darnold returning to the starting role even if he regains his health before the end of the season.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Cleared to practice

    The Panthers designated Darnold (shoulder) for return from injured reserve Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Darnold is working his way back from a partial non-displaced fracture of his right scapula that resulted in him being placed on IR on Nov. 12. Though initial reports suggested that Darnold wouldn't play again in 2021 even though his injury wasn't considered season-ending, Carolina may be more inclined to add the 2018 first-round pick back on the roster at some point, given that neither Cam Newton nor P.J. Walker has performed at high level over the team's past four games. Carolina will have a 21-day window to evaluate Darnold in practice, and he'll be eligible for activation at any point during that stretch. As Darin Gantt of the team's official site notes, head coach Matt Rhule has already named Newton the starter for Sunday's game against Buffalo, but Walker is also expected to be involved in the game plan.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Evaluation coming after bye

    Coach Matt Rhule said Monday that Darnold (shoulder) has resumed throwing "some" and will be further evaluated after the Panthers' Week 13 bye, David Newton of reports. It was previously reported that the Panthers intend to proceed as if Darnold wouldn't be available again this season, even though the recovery timetable for the partial non-displaced fracture of his right scapula could allow him to return around Week 16. That was before replacement Cam Newton's disastrous performance and subsequent benching during Sunday's loss to the Dolphins, however. With a 5-7-0 record and four divisional matchups remaining, Carolina is still in contention for a playoff berth, so Rhule will explore every option at quarterback. Of course, there's no guarantee Darnold recovers in time to feasibly retake the field during the regular season, so his progression will need to be monitored after the team's bye.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Likely done for 2021

    The Panthers are proceeding as though Darnold (shoulder) won't play again this season, even though his rehab from a partial non-displaced fracture of his right scapula entails only a 4-to-6-week recovery timeline, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Even if Darnold's recovery trends toward the longer end of that timeline, he would still have a shot at playing in Weeks 16 through 18, but Carolina appears to be closing the door on him making a late-season return from injured reserve. Even before he was diagnosed with the shoulder injury, Darnold's standing atop the depth chart was shaky, as he completed only 59.5 percent of his passes for 6.5 yards per attempt and a 7:11 TD:INT through nine games. P.J. Walker will pick up the start under center Sunday in Arizona, but the Panthers plan to hand the top job over to the newly signed Cam Newton once he gets up to speed with the offense and gets reconditioned. Schefter notes that if Newton plays well down the stretch, the Panthers could look to re-sign him this offseason and have him enter 2022 as their starter.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Moves to injured reserve

    The Panthers placed Darnold (shoulder) on injured reserve Friday. Darnold is expected to be sidelined for the next 4-to-6 weeks with a partial non-displaced fracture of his right scapula, so it was only a matter of time before he landed on injured reserve. P.J. Walker is poised to take over at quarterback for the Panthers on Sunday in Arizona, but Cam Newton inked a $6 million deal Thursday and is set to handle starting duties once he's settled in with more practice reps.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Dealing with scapula fracture

    Darnold was diagnosed with a partial non-displaced fracture of his right scapula Tuesday and could be sidelined for multiple weeks, Joe Person of The Athletic reports. The Panthers labeled Darnold day-to-day after he underwent an MRI on Monday, but his injury is apparently more significant than that. It's believed he sustained the fracture during the second quarter of Sunday's loss to the Patriots, though he still played every offensive snap in the contest. P.J. Walker is poised to step into the starting role for Carolina, while Matt Barkley was signed off Tennessee's practice squad to provide another option at quarterback.
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  • Panthers' Sam Darnold: Considered day-to-day after MRI

    The Panthers view Darnold as day-to-day after he underwent an MRI on his right shoulder Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The same injury rendered Darnold a game-day decision heading into Sunday's matchup with the Patriots, but the Carolina coaching and training staff felt comfortable enough with the quarterback's health coming out of a pregame workout to clear him to start. Darnold proceeded to deliver another rotten performance in the Panthers' 24-6 loss, completing just 16 of 33 passes for 172 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions, with two of the picks being a result of poorly thrown balls. Head coach Matt Rhule didn't attribute the injury to Darnold's struggles, but the 24-year-old still doesn't look to be in optimal health entering Week 10. Rhule was evasive when asked whether Darnold would start again this weekend in Arizona, so how he performs in practice over the next few days may dictate whether he or P.J. Walker gets the nod.
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