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News: 7 days agoCoach Matt Rhule said Monday that Darnold (shoulder) has resumed throwing "some" and will be further evaluated after the Panthers' Week 13 bye, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Spin: It was previously reported that the Panthers intend to proceed as if Darnold wouldn't be available again this season, even though the recovery timetable for the partial non-displaced fracture of his right scapula could allow him to return around Week 16. That was before replacement Cam Newton's disastrous performance and subsequent benching during Sunday's loss to the Dolphins, however. With a 5-7-0 record and four divisional matchups remaining, Carolina is still in contention for a playoff berth, so Rhule will explore every option at quarterback. Of course, there's no guarantee Darnold recovers in time to feasibly retake the field during the regular season, so his progression will need to be monitored after the team's bye.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Darnold is Carolina's new starter after being acquired via trade. Darnold's career is off to a slow start, with various injuries limiting him to no more than 13 games in a single season while with the Jets. The 2018 third-overall pick has racked up a total of 50 TDs, 39 INTs and 20 fumbles while managing only seven top-7 fantasy weeks (one in 2020) in 38 games. He's shown poorly in completion percentage, YPA and INT% (to name a few) all three seasons and hasn't added much with his legs. Darnold has yet to finish a season better than 25th in fantasy points per game. Darnold is only 24 years old, so there's hope for a revival in Carolina, but he's far from a sure thing and thus barely in the QB2 discussion.