5 major Sam Darnold observations from Week 3 of Panthers training camp

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What were some major observations regarding Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold during Week 3 of training camp?

It’s been another whirlwind week for Sam Darnold as the Carolina Panthers reached some more milestones ahead of the 2021 season. The quarterback has taken part in his first scrimmages against an opposing team and although he won’t see the field against the Indianapolis Colts, it is a good time for the signal-caller to see game-day situations in Joe Brady’s scheme.

This is a step in the right direction for Darnold, who is looking to get his career back on track after what can only be described as a torrid three years with the New York Jets. The former first-round pick seems to be adjusting well to new surroundings and is clearly growing in confidence with every passing day.

Darnold is now approaching the business end of the preparation period before taking on his old team in Week 1 at Bank of America Stadium.

There is a real chance for the signal-caller to hit the ground running thanks to some winnable early games on Carolina’s schedule. But much will depend on what elements of his game can develop between now and when competitive action begins.

With this in mind, here are five major observations from Week 3 of Darnold’s time at Panthers training camp.

Observation No. 1

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Sam Darnold – Dan Arnold chemistry grows

Every quarterback needs a reliable tight end to lean on when things aren’t developing as expected elsewhere. Darnold may have one in Dan Arnold, who’s been one of the standout performers during training camp so far.

One area where this blossoming relationship has been most evident is the red zone. Darnold targeted Arnold plenty during the first few days of camp before the Panthers traveled to Indianapolis, with the free-agent signing from the Arizona Cardinals coming down with the football more often than not.

It’s early days, obviously, But this tandem could be a profitable one for Carolina in 2021.