What the Carolina Panthers need to see from Sam Darnold at OTAs

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Sam Darnold
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Everything rests on Sam Darnold

Looking across a very talented roster accumulated by the Carolina Panthers over the last couple of seasons, there doesn’t appear to be many weaknesses. There are some obvious problems that could emerge once again across the offensive line if things don’t click into place, with the tight end position also needing to raise its contribution following the arrivals of Dan Arnold and third-round pick Tommy Tremble.

The Panthers also look much stronger defensively, so it’s really going to come down to whether Sam Darnold can shine now he has been freed from the moribund New York Jets.

Everything rests on the quarterback.

It’s just that simple.

That’s why OTAs are so important for Darnold. It gives him the chance to impose his will across the organization and leave teammates and coaches alike hopeful they have the right man under center in 2021.

One could argue this is Darnold’s last chance to secure a long-term starting role despite his tender age. There weren’t that many teams knocking down the Jets’ door to secure his services once he was made available, so it’s vital he shows the right mindset and uses this as additional motivation to make the most out of what appears to be a fantastic chance to rejuvenate his career.

Considering the talent around Darnold, he doesn’t even have to be that great.

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Just get it done when it matters most and everything else will fall into place.