Panthers bench QB Sam Darnold in favor of backup P.J. Walker in loss to Giants

Another bad outing led to the end of Sam Darnold’s day.

Down 15-3, the Panthers benched their starting quarterback early in the fourth quarter of their 25-3 loss to the Giants on Sunday in favor of backup P.J. Walker.

Darnold finished the game 16-of-25 for 111 yards. He also threw an interception and took three sacks.

Since beginning the season 3-0, Carolina has struggled mightily over the last four weeks, getting outscored 116-77 and putting forth a poor effort in all three phases.

The startling drop off inspired coach Matt Rhule to openly critique the play of Darnold and the team at-large in the days leading up to the game. “Sam’s not playing well enough,” Rhule said before adding that the entire offense has not been up to par.

A matchup against the reeling Giants figured to be the club’s chance to get back to its winning ways. Darnold’s benching is a clear sign that there are still more than a few things the team still needs to work on in the weeks to come.

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