4 key observations from Panthers 2022 training camp practice Day 8
By Dean Jones
Carolina Panthers QB Sam Darnold’s increased urgency
It’s no secret that Baker Mayfield is making a strong impression this week. The quarterback seems more comfortable within Ben McAdoo’s system and is also developing chemistry with his teammates, which further cements his chances of being the Carolina Panthers’ starting signal-caller for a crucial Week 1 encounter against the Cleveland Browns.
This momentum has not gone unnoticed by Sam Darnold, either. The former USC standout’s urgency increased significantly on Friday, taking more shots downfield and leaving a good impression throughout various drills.
Looking good in camp has never been a problem for Darnold. This was evident last summer – his first with the Panthers – before things capitulated in a deeply concerning fashion over the course of the campaign.
Head coach Matt Rhule stated the things he is looking for from his quarterbacks throughout camp at Wofford College. It does not appear as if there is a formal outcoming in the immediate further, either.
"“Great quarterbacks show up in the red zone. They show up in two-minute. They show up on third down. So we’re going to look at that over a long time and see, but those are the areas we’re looking at.”"
All Darnold can do is focus on himself and let the chips fall where they may.
Darnold’s production last season and during his time in the league so far is a major cause for concern. But the Panthers are paying him $18.85 million fully guaranteed in 2022, which will likely factor into their decision-making process despite boasting more than $21 million in available cap space.