Sam Darnold

QB, Carolina Panthers

Height 6'3" Weight 225
DOB 1997-06-05 Age 25.2
College USC

2022 Fantasy Rankings

QB # 38 (Tier 7)

Position Rankings

Tier 7
36Kenny Pickett, PIT924.2
37Desmond Ridder, ATL1422.9
38Sam Darnold, CAR1325.216.8
39Andy Dalton, NO1434.813.3
40Tyrod Taylor, NYG933.016.1
1 Fantasy Football Calculator (12-team PPR)
2 2021 season, PPR scoring

Fantasy News Last 90 Days

  • Sam Darnold Throws TD Pass In Panthers' Preseason Opener

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold completed two of three passes for 16 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 23-21 preseason victory over the Washington Commanders. Darnold saw the field after Baker Mayfield started the game and led the offense to a field goal on its opening drive. Rashard Higgins was on the receiving end of Darnold's touchdown pass, which was a perfectly-placed ball thrown while under pressure in the red zone. Mayfield and Darnold are currently competing in camp for the starting job, but it's been reported that the job is Mayfield's to lose. Anything can happen if Darnold impresses in the preseason, but neither player is worth drafting in one-quarterback fantasy football leagues.

    Aug 14 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold
  • Panthers Are Not Shopping Sam Darnold

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold struggled last season, prompting the team to acquire veteran Baker Mayfield from the Cleveland Browns. This led to speculation that the team might be interested in trading Darnold, especially if they believe Mayfield is their future. While it's hard to predict what kind of return they would get, they would certainly get something, as opposed to letting him leave in free agency next offseason. However, this now seems less likely after general manager Scott Fitterer told Darnold "not to worry" about the trade rumors after practice on Monday. There is always a chance another team inquires about him, either later in the offseason or during the regular season, but for now, Darnold will remain a Panther. The starting QB job is Mayfield's to lose, so Darnold is off the fantasy radar as things currently stand.

    Aug 9 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold
  • Latest On Panthers' QB Situation

    The Panthers have one of the league’s only quarterback competitions this summer and plan to draw it out a bit longer. Carolina doesn’t plan on making what head coach Matt Rhule calls a “major decision” on any position battles until after the team’s second preseason game on August 19, according to David Newton of ESPN. […]

    Aug 6 · Pro Football Rumors Panthers Sam Darnold Baker Mayfield
  • Panthers Won't Rush Decision on Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold

    Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said he won't make a "major decision" on any position, particularly between quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold, until after the Aug. 19 preseason game against the New England Patriots. "I'm not putting a timetable on the quarterback position until after we get back from the Patriots week," Rhule said. "The Patriots week is a true litmus test for us. That will really show us where guys are." Mayfield began Saturday's scrimmage with the first team, but the two took equal repetitions with the first- and second-team offense and neither QB had a decisive advantage at the end of the day. Neither signal-caller has separated himself so far in the QB competition this summer, which has to be considered a disappointment for Mayfield.

    Aug 6 · Source via Panthers Baker Mayfield Sam Darnold
  • Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield Splitting First-Team Reps

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold took the first-team repetitions at training camp practice on Wednesday, and Baker Mayfield will get the first-team reps at practice on Thursday, according to head coach Matt Rhule. This was the expectation all along after the Panthers acquired Mayfield in a trade with the Cleveland Browns. The mere fact that the Panthers traded for Mayfield should give him the edge for the starting gig in Week 1 of the regular season, but Darnold will be given a chance to prove himself after a disappointing first season in Carolina in 2021. Mayfield dealt with an injured left shoulder for most of last year and wasn't very good with the Browns either, but at this point, he's an upgrade over Darnold. Neither QB will be more than a low-end QB2 in fantasy, though.

    Jul 27 · Source via Panthers Baker Mayfield Sam Darnold
  • Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold To Be In "Open Competition"

    Carolina Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer said it will be "an open competition" in training camp between quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold. Rookie third-rounder Matt Corral is expected to be the third QB in his first NFL season, and he's unlikely to see any time on the field in 2022 if Mayfield and Darnold both stay healthy all season. Neither Mayfield nor Darnold had good seasons last year, but it would be an upset if Mayfield isn't named the starter for Week 1. It's still possible that Darnold could win the job with an impressive training camp, but the Panthers wouldn't have made this move if they didn't view Mayfield as an upgrade. The former first overall pick should have more weapons than he did in Cleveland, but he should still be regarded as a low-end QB2, at best, especially since he still isn't guaranteed to start.

    Jul 12 · Source via Panthers Baker Mayfield Sam Darnold
  • Panthers Don't Intend To Move QB Sam Darnold

    The Panthers acquired Baker Mayfield earlier today, but that doesn’t mean the organization will be bailing on their other high-priced quarterback. ESPN’s David Newton tweets that the Panthers have no intention of moving Sam Darnold. [RELATED: Panthers To Acquire QB Baker Mayfield From Browns] From a financial standpoint, this news isn’t a huge surprise. After […]

    Jul 6 · Pro Football Rumors Panthers Matt Corral Sam Darnold Baker Mayfield
  • Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield To Compete In Camp

    The Carolina Panthers don't plan on trading quarterback Sam Darnold after acquiring Baker Mayfield from the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday, and they envision a training camp competition between Darnold and Mayfield. Rookie Matt Corral will sit and watch in his first NFL season unless Darnold and Mayfield both miss time due to injuries. Darnold really struggled in his first year in Carolina in 2021, and the fact that Carolina actually traded for Mayfield should make him the favorite to start in Week 1, barring a terrible training camp from Mayfield. Mayfield played through injuries most of the season last year with Cleveland and was extremely disappointing as well, but he probably gives the Panthers a better chance to win. Neither QB is anything more than a low-end QB2 in fantasy as the starting signal-caller.

    Jul 6 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold Baker Mayfield
  • Door Still Open For Panthers QB Addition

    Matt Rhule praised Sam Darnold‘s work at the Panthers’ minicamp, and exiting the team’s offseason program, the former No. 3 overall pick remains on track to be Carolina’s starting quarterback. But Rhule said the team is keeping the door open for an addition to this rather important position group, Joe Person of The Athletic tweets. […]

    Jun 10 · Pro Football Rumors Panthers Matt Corral Sam Darnold
  • Sam Darnold Remains Confident In Himself

    Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold said he's "confident I can be one of the best quarterbacks in the league." He also said that improving his footwork is something that he needs to do to bounce back. "There were times last year when my feet got very just loose is a good term . . . chaotic," Darnold said. As of right now, the former third overall pick of the New York Jets in 2018 is Carolina's starter, but rookie Matt Corral will compete with him in training camp, and the Panthers could also decide to trade for Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield. Darnold played in only 12 games last year due to injury, but he was wildly inconsistent when he was on the field, throwing for 2,527 yards, nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Even if he's starting in Week 1, fantasy managers will consider him a low-end QB2 option with a short leash.

    May 24 · Source via Panthers Sam Darnold
  • Quarterback Stats



    1NYJW 19-1423.964100.062.540243568.62791015-1-0.2011
    2NOW 26-723.076100.051.339263868.4305212177.0000
    3@HOUW 24-928.373100.057.542233467.63040038111.3820
    4@DALL 28-3636.670100.064.345263966.73012256355.8320
    5PHIL 18-2110.971100.054.939213756.81771332105.0000
    6MINL 28-3418.274100.060.845174141.520711544812.0001
    7@NYGL 3-254.64570.339.125162564.011101300-00
    8@ATLW 19-1313.16486.543.232132454.21290008668.2500
    9NEL 6-246.559100.061.036163348.5172031393.0000
    16TBL 6-3210.64462.947.133153246.919000411111.0000
    17@NOL 10-186.36098.445.928172665.4132017273.5001
    18@TBL 17-4119.97198.669.450294269.02192128192.3801

    Touchdown Distances
    Passing: 57, 20, 2, 6, 8, 5, 7, 2, 19
    Rushing: 5, 5, 1, 1, 11


    1@BUFL 17-2714.456100.064.336213560.0215113166.0000
    2SFL 13-3113.765100.052.334213265.6179101273.5000
    3@INDL 7-3611.464100.053.134172958.61681325204.0000
    4DENL 28-3725.97394.862.348234254.823000668414.0010
    7BUFL 10-184.057100.040.423122352.212002600-00
    8@KCL 9-358.857100.059.634183060.01330014215.2500
    12MIAL 3-208.855100.052.729162759.3197023294.5000
    13LVL 28-3124.962100.041.926142360.91862133268.6712
    14@SEAL 3-406.953100.050.927142653.8132003133.0000
    15@LARW 23-2016.265100.055.436223171.02071025183.6000
    16CLEW 23-1618.869100.056.539163250.01752027202.8600
    17@NEL 14-2815.663100.055.635233467.6266123133.0000

    Touchdown Distances
    Passing: 69, 30, 16, 3, 6, 18, 11, 30, 21
    Rushing: 46, 4


    1BUFL 16-1712.872100.058.342284168.3175104100.0000
    6DALW 24-2224.062100.059.737233271.9338210510.2000
    7NEL 0-330.261100.055.734113234.4860402-1-0.5001
    8@JACL 15-2915.861100.050.831213070.02182301-1-1.0000
    9@MIAL 18-2616.170100.058.641273969.2260110210.5000
    10NYGW 34-2724.065100.050.833193063.32301003258.3310
    11@WASW 34-1729.471100.045.132193063.32934102-3-1.5000
    12OAKW 34-331.45993.752.433202969.03152004164.0010
    13@CINL 6-2212.974100.067.650284858.3239000294.5000
    14MIAW 22-2120.871100.054.939203655.6270210331.0000
    15@BALL 21-4219.059100.055.933183256.321821011111.0001
    16PITW 16-1013.561100.049.230162661.5183100430.7501
    17@BUFW 13-612.867100.058.239233663.91991103-2-0.6700

    Touchdown Distances
    Passing: 9, 92, 5, 24, 3, 12, 23, 20, 6, 16, 29, 1, 1, 26, 14, 4, 18, 23, 1
    Rushing: 2, 4

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