4 major observations from Sam Darnold’s performance at the Saints

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Sam Darnold
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What were some major observations to take from Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold’s performance at the New Orleans Saints in Week 18?

While the result didn’t go Sam Darnold’s way in Week 17, he was not the biggest problem once again. His multiple turnovers throughout the clash needed some context attached, but throwing for 341 passing yards and three touchdowns was another big positive for the quarterback in a high-pressure situation.

Darnold had one final chance to impress those in power at the New Orleans Saints. The Carolina Panthers have nothing to play for other than pride, but the signal-caller is fighting to earn an extension or interest from elsewhere if he’s allowed to hit free agency.

The former USC star has generated some positive momentum since replacing Baker Mayfield as the starting signal-caller. Although Darnold struggled mightily, the Panthers pulled it out late to ensure Steve Wilks’ time as interim head coach ended on a high.

With that being said, here are four major observations from Darnold’s performance at The Caesars Superdome in Week 18.

Major Observation No. 1

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Sam Darnold displayed good mobility

There weren’t many positives to take from Sam Darnold’s performance, in all honesty. However, his mobility out of the pocket was atop the list without question.

Darnold’s always had sneaky escapability from the pocket. Something he needed to use often as the Carolina Panthers’ wide receiving group couldn’t get open with much efficiency.

The rest of Darnold’s production was less impressive.