It's only been a few days since the Carolina Panthers acquired Sam Darnold in a trade and they're already treating him as a star player. After spending a sixth-round pick in 2021 and a second- and fourth-round pick in 2022 to get him, it's clear that the team loves Darnold.
The Panthers have not stopped hyping Darnold up on social media ever since the trade was made. The trend continued on April 6 when the Panthers released a hype video filled with some of the quarterback's best highlights.
Sam Darnold was selected by the New York Jets with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Despite being a highly-touted quarterback prospect when he was drafted, Darnold didn't have much success with the Jets. It wasn't all his fault, though. The Jets built a poor team around him and it's unfair to expect a 23-year-old to drag them into the playoffs each season.
Darnold appeared in 12 games for the Jets last season. He recorded 2,208 yards and threw for 9 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. He was also sacked 35 times, which was not only a career-high but also ranked him 9th in the NFL. Meanwhile, the Panthers only allowed 36 sacks all season, which means Darnold should see less contact in 2021.
The Panthers' new quarterback already looks happy to be on the roster and will use the 2021 NFL Season as a way to try to point his career in the right direction. With a better offensive line protecting him and talented weapons like DJ Moore and Robby Anderson to pass to, Darnold could have a career resurgence this season.
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