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#pounditWednesday, August 17, 2022

Sam Darnold sounds ridiculously confident in career turnaround

Sam Darnold throwing a pass

Aug 21, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold (14) warms up before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Sam Darnold is teetering on the brink of NFL Draft bust status, but he certainly does not sound like he’s lost any confidence as he prepares for an important season with the Carolina Panthers.

On Tuesday, Darnold spoke to the media for the first time since the start of offseason workouts, and offered an incredibly confident assessment of what he thinks he can do in 2022.

“As long as I know what we’re doing, what the defense is doing, I’m confident I can be one of the best quarterbacks in the league,” Darnold said, via David Newton of ESPN.

Darnold certainly has not lived up to that sort of title so far in his NFL career. That is why the New York Jets were willing to move on from him, and the Panthers don’t seem to have a lot of confidence in him either. That has shown itself in how the organization has discussed him, plus the fact that the team seems open to alternatives.

Darnold threw 13 interceptions and nine touchdowns in 12 games last season, the second consecutive season he threw more picks than touchdowns. It’s probably not because he didn’t know what he was doing or what the defense was doing, either.


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