Sam Darnold benched in loss, but Panthers coach Matt Rhule said QB will remain starter

The Carolina Panthers benched Sam Darnold in the 4th quarter of Sunday’s 25-3 loss to the New York Giants amidst the fourth-year veteran’s ongoing battles.

Darnold was changed by P.J. Walker, the previous XFL standout, in the 4th quarter with the Panthers routing 15-3.

Darnold finished 16 of 25 passes for 111 backyards with one interception prior to being sidelined. Walker linked on simply 3 of 14 passes for 33 backyards. Each quarterback took 3 sacks.

Carolina gotten in Sunday’s video game on a three-game losing streak after beginning the season 3-0. Darnold had actually tossed 4 goals with 6 interceptions throughout the losing streak while finishing simply 54.7% of its passes.

Panthers coach Matt Rhule stated Darnold would stay the group’s beginning quarterback for next week’s video game at the Atlanta Falcons, including that the did not anticipate to get another quarterback prior to the Nov. 2 trade due date.

“His sense of urgency this week, I expect to be heightened,” Rhule stated of Darnold. “I try to put that sense of urgency on our coaches. Obviously, it didn’t show up. We have to coach better, but our players have to play better as well. And that starts with the quarterback.”

Said Darnold of the benching: “That’s up to him. Whatever he thinks is the best decision, ultimately that is his decision.”

Sam Darnold #14 of the Carolina Panthers is sacked by Jabrill Peppers #21 of the New York Giants during the first half in the game at MetLife Stadium on October 24, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer acquired Darnold from the New York Jets in an April trade in exchange for second- and fourth-round draft picks in 2022 and a sixth-round selection this year. The team subsequently dealt incumbent starter Teddy Bridgewater to the Denver Broncos and elected not to select a quarterback in the NFL draft despite owning the No. 8 overall selection.

Darnold is owed $18.858 million fully guaranteed in 2022 after the Panthers exercised his fifth-year option.

Follow Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz on Twitter @MikeMSchwartz.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Sam Darnold benched by Panthers, will remain starter moving forward

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