Sam Darnold – Carolina Panthers QB
Sam Darnold did have two interceptions that proved to be very costly. But he’s a winner this week because of how he performed despite a disastrous offensive line.
And by making a bit of history.
When Darnold rushed in for a touchdown in the first quarter, he became the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era with five rushing touchdowns in the first four games of a season.
Considering the Carolina Panthers had one of the best rushing quarterbacks ever in Cam Newton, that’s a crazy accomplishment for someone that isn’t exactly renowned for his ability to gain yards on the ground.
Darnold also set a franchise record with his third consecutive 300-yard passing game and finished the day with more than 30 fantasy points in standard PPR leagues.
Through four games, Darnold has proven that with better coaching, he can be a good quarterback.
He’s shown that his time with the New York Jets wasn’t his full potential and Carolina should be thrilled with how he’s performed. Darnold is prone to the odd mistake here and there, but the protection in front of him is abysmal and needs to improve in order for the signal-caller to reach his potential.