4 realistic targets Panthers QB Sam Darnold can achieve in 2021

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Sam Darnold passing yards

  • 4,200 passing yards

With an extra game during the 2021 season, attaining 4,200 passing yards should be an achievable goal for Sam Darnold. This equates to just over 235 yards per game, which the quarterback should be more than capable of with the amount of talent he’s working with.

The likes of D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, and David Moore should all play a leading role for the Carolina Panthers. Rookie duo Terrace Marshall Jr. and Shi Smith also come with a substantial amount of upside and might emerge as valuable contributors as the campaign progresses.

Darnold should also have a prominent pass-catching tight end to call upon after the Panthers secured the services of Dan Arnold in free agency, with Christian McCaffrey’s talent coming out of the backfield there for all to see during his career.

Providing the offensive line lives up to their end of the bargain, then everything is in place for Darnold. Whether they can or not is a huge question mark and it won’t take long to figure out whether this overlooked but vital area of the field is going to do more harm than good when competitive action begins.

Darnold has the arm strength to make things happen, even though there isn’t much evidence of this throughout his time in the league so far. Teddy Bridgewater threw for 3,733 yards in just 15 games last season, so 4,200 is a figure that shouldn’t be out of reach.