Sam Darnold has been historically #BAD, but so has every single player that has ever stepped in a room with talent minimizer, Adam Gase.
Darnold is entering his fourth season as a major disappointment. Only 24 years old, and a former 2nd overall pick, Darnold is getting massively disrespected. Currently going off as the QB32 (yes, behind just about every starter) he has massive upside considering his price. He enters the Panthers with the most loaded weapons he’s ever had in his career. Last year, Teddy Bridgewater finished as the QB19, averaging about 17 points per game. Teddy B played pretty much as mediocre as any player could ever play. Darnold gets Christian McCaffery back, reunites with his former teammate Robby Anderson, and gets a shiny new weapon in Terrace Marshall, who is familiar with offensive coordinator Joe Brady from their time at LSU.
There’s a lot of upside to this offense. The Panthers were 18th in passing yards and 14th in yards per attempt. This is a pretty average offense, but here’s the catch. They only threw for 16 touchdowns, 3rd fewest in the league. With the addition of big-bodied Marshall, the return of CMC, and the overall higher ceiling of Darnold, this number is bound to go up.
The best part of all of this is his early-season schedule. He starts the season going from the Jets, Saints, Texans, Cowboys, Eagles, Vikings Giants, and Falcons. He’s a great choice to pair up with some of the higher ceiling rookie quarterbacks such as Trey Lance and Justin Fields, all while spending very little draft capital at quarterback.
Darnold has sneaky rushing upside, a higher ceiling that most don’t realize, and is in a much-needed fresh start. I’m looking for Darnold to revitalize his career similar to Ryan Tannehill did after leaving Miami. Darnold is a great QB2 in deeper leagues, and is free. Grab him.