Sam Darnold ahead of Matt Corral for Panthers' starting job

Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold would be the team's starter "if we played today" according to head coach Matt Rhule.

What It Means:

Darnold was downright awful as the Panthers' main quarterback last season, but the team has been generating some positive news regarding his progress under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo this offseason. The team traded up to draft rookie Matt Corral in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft, but didn't do so "with the idea of him starting right away." Darnold is still the team's QB1 for now, but the team has been tied to quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Jimmy Garoppolo, who could be on the move.

If Darnold makes it through the offseason without another quarterback displacing him as the starter, he'll still only be a deep streaming option for quarterback-needy fantasy teams in 2022. He is currently the QB30 in numberFire's fantasy projections.