4 critical flaws that Carolina Panthers QB Sam Darnold cannot fix

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What are some critical flaws in Sam Darnold’s game that the underperforming Carolina Panthers quarterback cannot seem to fix?

After a promising start that left many thinking the Carolina Panthers had a long-term answer at quarterback, Sam Darnold has reverted to type. The former first-round pick’s alarming regression since Week 4 has not left his future with the franchise in significant doubt just nine games after his trade from the New York Jets.

This is not what the Panthers had in mind. Although the risks regarding this move were pretty clear way before the signal-caller ever took the field.

Darnold got a pass for his first three years in the league. Working with someone like Adam Gase will do that.

However, it’s now evident that Darnold’s struggles were not all Gase’s doing.

The USC product is throwing interceptions like confetti and three more picks in Week 9 against the New England Patriots seems to be the final straw where Darnold is concerned.

Not only this, but the fact Justin Fields seems to be growing in stature with the Chicago Bears, and questions need to be asked about the front office and their ability to truly evaluate talent.

Now that Darnold is set to miss multiple weeks with a fractured scapula, it’s going to take a monumental effort from the signal-caller to get another shot. Especially if P.J. Walker plays well in the backup role.

Without further ado, here are four critical flaws that Darnold simply cannot fix.