Panthers News: Christian McCaffrey Heaps Praise Onto Sam Darnold

Larry Rupp
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey has been heaping praise onto quarterback Sam Darnold.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey has been heaping praise onto quarterback Sam Darnold. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images

The Carolina Panthers offense will look a lot different in 2021 as the team traded away quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and traded for Sam Darnold this offseason. Well, Panthers star running back Christian McCaffrey seems to be a fan of the newcomer as he continues to heap praise onto Darnold.

McCaffrey sounds excited to have Darnold on the team and says that the former New York Jets QB has been working hard every day to learn the playbook as best he can.

"He’s a guy that approaches each day the exact same and continues to strive to get better. As a leader, he’ll text guys late at night, asking about plays, giving us what he sees on certain plays. And you can just tell he’s dialed in."

Christian McCaffrey on Sam Darnold

Darnold was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and has the skills to be a starting quarterback. However, he needs to step up to the plate and a fresh start with a new team is the perfect opportunity for him to do just that. Overall, Darnold has a career record of 13-25 as a starter and averages 213.1 passing yards per game. He has tossed 45 touchdowns compared to 39 interceptions in three NFL seasons.

The 24-year-old signal-caller has a chance to succeed with offensive weapons like McCaffrey, Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore at his disposal. The Panthers head into the fall with odds set at +270 to make the playoffs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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