5 key observations from Sam Darnold’s performance at the Texans

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What were the key observations from Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold’s performance at the Houston Texans in Week 3?

All eyes were on Sam Darnold during his first taste of primetime since joining the Carolina Panthers. The quarterback started the season in encouraging fashion over the first two weeks, but it was vital he continued this positive momentum at the Houston Texans in a crucial Thursday Night Football clash.

If there’s one thing we know about Darnold from his brief period with the Panthers so far, it’s that nothing phases the player. The former No. 3 overall selection conducted himself really well throughout the past few months and – at least from early indications – Carolina made the right move bringing him on board from the New York Jets.

After two consecutive home victories to being the campaign, Darnold got the taste of a road game at NRG Stadium against a Texans roster that has surprised more than a few who’d written off their chances before a competitive snap.

With this in mind, here are five key observations from Darnold’s performance in Houston.

Key Observation No. 1

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Sam Darnold’s second drive was sensational

After a three-and-out to start the game, Darnold led his team on a sensational second drive that resulted in the signal-caller going in for his second rushing touchdown of the season. His assurance in the pocket, patience progressing through his reads, and delivered the sort of execution expected to put seven points on the board.

It came as no surprise to see Darnold looking for D.J. Moore – his top receiving option – for a couple of nice plays. The connection on a third down, in particular, was outstanding.

All very positive from Darnold, which no doubt settled the signal-caller down in front of a national audience.