Predicting 2021 stats for Carolina Panthers’ top playmakers on offense

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What are some realistic projections for the primary players on offense for the Carolina Panthers during the 2021 season?

The first game of the 2021 season is officially upon us and it’s been a while since there’s been this much excitement about a Carolina Panthers’ team heading into a campaign.

With the addition of quarterback Sam Darnold and the return of star running back Christian Mccaffrey, the Panthers should be operating more smoothly this season.

This article will focus on the Panthers’ main skill position players on offense. Predicting statistics is difficult because of variables such as injuries, so these are solely based off what the depth chart looks like right now.

Let’s start with quarterback Sam Darnold.


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Sam Darnold – Carolina Panthers QB

2021 Projected Stats

  • 3,900 yards passing
  • 25 passing touchdowns
  • 9 interceptions
  • 64.5 completion percentage

Sam Darnold has yet to have a good year in the NFL, but I truly believe that will change after this season. In his first three years on the New York Jets, he was playing with arguably the worst roster in football.

With the Carolina Panthers, Darnold is stepping into an offense with the best security blanket in the NFL – Christian McCaffrey – two 1,000 yard receivers, and one of the brightest young offensive coordinators in football.

The current Panthers’ offensive line isn’t bad, but the left tackle spot is a glaring hole. This will no doubt hinder Darnold’s production.

This shouldn’t be used as a scapegoat though, as it is Darnold’s turn to start playing the like No. 3 overall selection in the draft. He’s shown flashes up to this point, but he has struggled to be consistent.

Hopefully, Darnold puts up numbers similar to these in his first year under center.