Panthers would like to give Sam Darnold “some opportunities”


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PJ Walker began the final 5 video games. He will not begin this week and he will not assist Baker Mayfield both.

Walker has a sprained ankle that may preserve him out of Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Ravens.

Mayfield will return to the beginning lineup for the primary time since Week 5, and Sam Darnold will swimsuit up for the primary time this season.

Darnold’s preseason ankle sprain stored him out for the season, however he’s not on the harm report.

“I really feel actually good now. Clearly we nonetheless need to do the proper issues to verify it stays wholesome, however I really feel actually good proper now,” Darnold stated by way of Darin Gantt from the staff web site. “I did slightly jogging on Thursday night time earlier than the sport. I felt actually good then. I believe that is after I thought, OK, I ought to be fantastic subsequent week. For positive, at the moment was excellent.

Panthers interim head coach Steve Wilks stated he wish to give Darnold “some alternatives” as he hasn’t performed a daily season sport since January.

“Properly, I believe it is simply making an attempt to choose the move of the sport,” Wilks stated. “One thing I discussed to these guys the opposite day with Baker, if it occurs, simply letting you recognize I am not pulling your leg. I simply wish to get Sam some alternatives. As a result of the primary time he enters there [potentially to start]I do not need it to be the primary time [he’s played this season]🇧🇷 I wish to get him used to the velocity of the sport slightly bit.”

However Wilks will not play Darnold only for the sake of taking part in him.

“I am concerned about profitable the sport,” Wilks stated. “No matter it takes to win the sport. It isn’t pay $250, and also you get to play. We’ll see precisely the way it goes this week.”