4 ambitious goals for Carolina Panthers QB Sam Darnold in 2021

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Sam Darnold throws for 28 touchdowns

Getting the football in the end zone was one of Teddy Bridgewater’s main downfalls. The completion percentage was on point and things went well in-between the 20-yard lines, but things were less than stellar at the business end of things and ultimately led to his early departure.

Sam Darnold has been brought in to change all that. There is a real velocity to his throws that weren’t there last time around, so providing the signal-caller is decisive then it could lead to more success in the most critical area of the field.

One of the main criticisms of D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson is their inability to score touchdowns consistently. Something that can hopefully change with a more dynamic quarterback under center.

Terrace Marshall Jr. and Dan Arnold have some eye-catching traits in the red zone. And leaning on Christian McCaffrey for check-downs and short-yardage gains isn’t a bad security blanket to call upon.

Darnold throwing for 28 touchdowns equates to 1.64 per game. Although this won’t lead the way in the pass-happy world of the NFL, it’s a total that hasn’t been seen in Carolina for some time.

What comes next is down to Darnold. But confidence is absolutely key regarding this particular statistic.