Christian McCaffrey is a fan of recent Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold.
As Carolina’s new backfield battery started to work collectively on the workforce’s first set of OTAs, McCaffrey praised the expertise of his new teammate.
“I’ve gotten to know him rather well in the previous couple of months,” McCaffrey stated of Darnold, per the Panthers website. “Simply getting collectively throwing with him and hanging out off the sphere. He is an unbelievable expertise and unbelievable teammate already, so I am tremendous excited for him. …
“I feel he’ll slot in nice. Already suits in nice.”
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The Panthers have handled a quarterback carousel in latest seasons, and Darnold will seemingly turn out to be their seventh totally different participant to start out at quarterback since 2018. Their starters the previous two years have handled harm woes (Cam Newton) and inconsistency (Teddy Bridgewater), in order that’s a part of what led the Panthers to amass Darnold, who’s nonetheless younger (23) and has upside.
And as McCaffrey defined, Darnold’s management fashion is an asset.
“He is very laid again, however he is undoubtedly a frontrunner too,” McCaffrey stated. “And he is aware of when to place his foot down when he must and be a frontrunner when he must. I feel that is one thing that makes all quarterbacks nice.
“Simply demanding consideration to element, demanding a pointy apply, demanding a way of urgency, that each one begins with each particular person, however the quarterback touches the ball each play. So if he reveals it, then all people else will rally behind it.”
Maybe Darnold is becoming in so nicely in Carolina as a result of he endured a tricky three-season begin to his NFL profession with the Jets. In New York, Darnold posted a 13-25 report in 38 begins with 8,097 passing yards, 45 touchdowns and 39 interceptions. He struggled with turnovers because the Jets struggled to encompass him with the playmakers and blockers he wanted to succeed.
Darnold might have simply wanted a change of surroundings. He ought to have higher weapons surrounding him in Carolina than he did in New York. On the very least with the Panthers, he has extra teaching stability beneath Matt Rhule, who has a for much longer leash than the one Adam Gase had in New York.
So, if Darnold is stepping up in apply and showcasing the expertise that McCaffrey is seeing, that is a great signal for his future.
It is nonetheless early within the offseason, however possibly Darnold and the Panthers will transform an ideal match.