Cameron Erving: We got a good one in Sam Darnold and he’s only going to get better

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Losing running back Christian McCaffrey to injury last season helped sink the Panthers’ season, but it didn’t sink them on Thursday night against the Texans.

The Panthers improved to 3-0 with a 24-9 win fueled in large part by the play of quarterback Sam Darnold. Darnold went 23-of-34 for 304 yards and ran for a pair of touchdowns and his play was strongest in the second half of the game. He was 10-of-14 for 146 yards while leading the Panthers on three straight scoring drives before running out the clock at the end of the game.

Linebacker Haason Reddick called Darnold “a flat-out baller” and left tackle Cameron Erving thinks he’s just scratching the surface of what he can do in the offense.

“We got a good one, man,” Erving said, via the team’s website. “We’ve got a good one, and he’s only going to get better. It’s always hard playing without one of your best players, but Sam stepped up and did a tremendous job tonight.”

It’s unclear how long McCaffrey will be out, but Darnold’s play gives reason to think that the team will weather his absence more easily this time around.

5 responses to “Cameron Erving: We got a good one in Sam Darnold and he’s only going to get better

  1. This should come as no surprise now that Darnold is playing on a team other than the Jets. He was languishing with the Jets. The Panthers are a solid team and he has weapons at the skill positions. The Saints and now Carolina should give the Buccaneers some competition in the division. I look forward to seeing Darnold spreading his wings and being able to play up to his potential now that he is on a real franchise. He’s a great kid too, very humble, builds his guys up, is an infectious leader and does nothing to be a distraction on or off the field. Acquiring him was a win-win for the Panthers and may wind up being the league’s best personnel move of the year.

  2. Sam Darnold looked very good and stayed in the pocket with some bodies flying around. impressive.

    My advice to Cameron Erving is be quiet and thank your lucky stars you got a contract this year. The 1st thing Carolina will do is replace you come the 2022 draft. Complete bust.

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