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Sam Darnold benched by Panthers, replaced by QB P.J. Walker against Giants

  • October 24, 2021

The Carolina Panthers benched Sam Darnold in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the New York Giants amid the fourth-year veteran’s continued struggles.

Darnold was replaced by P.J. Walker, the former XFL standout, in the fourth quarter with the Panthers trailing 15-3.

Darnold completed 16 of 25 passes for 111 yards with one interception before being sidelined.

Carolina entered Sunday’s game on a three-game losing streak after starting the season 3-0. Darnold had thrown four touchdowns with six interceptions during the losing streak while completing just 54.7% of its passes.

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.

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