San Francisco 49ers quarterback Sam Darnold has been named the No. 2 quarterback behind starter Brock Purdy. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft struggled in his three seasons with the New York Jets and one season with the Carolina Panthers -- throwing 61 touchdowns to 55 interceptions en route to a 21-34 record as a starter. He'll now be a high-value "handcuff" quarterback for Purdy in superflex and two-quarterback formats. Trey Lance is now the team's third-string quarterback and his future is uncertain moving forward. It'll be interesting to see if teams call about trading for him before or during the 2023 campaign.
Aug 23, 2023 2:51 PM EST
It's still unclear if San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (elbow) will play a couple series with the starting offense in the team's second preseason game on Saturday against the Denver Broncos, but Sam Darnold will play the rest of the first half. Trey Lance will play in the second half. Darnold played in the second half in the preseason opener, so it's a role reversal from the first game, which means Darnold and Lance are still in a competition for the backup job to Purdy once the regular season kicks off. The Niners have been impressed with both Darnold and Lance this offseason, but neither signal-caller will have any real fantasy value if Purdy stays healthy and plays well enough to keep the starting job all year.
Aug 18, 2023 11:36 AM EST
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Thursday that Darnold, Brock Purdy (elbow) and Trey Lance are "all capable of being franchise-like quarterbacks", David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
May 12, 2023 5:30 AM EST
Darnold completed just 5 of 15 passes for 43 yards and two interceptions in Sunday's 10-7 win over the Saints. He also rushed six times for 32 yards.
Jan 8, 2023 2:23 PM EST
Darnold completed 23 of 37 passes for 341 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in the Panthers' 30-24 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. He also rushed five times for 20 yards and committed three fumbles, losing two.
Jan 1, 2023 2:27 PM EST
Darnold completed 15 of 22 passes for 250 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Panthers' 37-23 win over the Lions on Saturday. He also rushed six times for 19 yards and another score.
Dec 24, 2022 2:34 PM EST
Darnold completed 14 of 23 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-16 loss to the Steelers.
Dec 18, 2022 1:44 PM EST
Darnold completed 14 of 24 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-24 win over the Seahawks. He also rushed three times for 31 yards.
Dec 11, 2022 5:17 PM EST
Darnold completed 11 of 19 passes for 164 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in Sunday's 23-10 win over the Broncos. He added three rushes for three yards and a touchdown.
Nov 27, 2022 2:16 PM EST
Interim coach Steve Wilks announced Tuesday that Darnold will start Sunday's game against the Broncos, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
Nov 22, 2022 1:06 PM EST
Coach Steve Wilks said he'd like to give Darnold some snaps in a game before giving him another chance to start, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Nov 16, 2022 11:55 AM EST
Darnold is expected to back up Baker Mayfield against the Ravens on Sunday, as Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that fellow Panthers quarterback P.J. Walker has a high ankle sprain.
Nov 14, 2022 10:05 AM EST
Darnold is inactive for Thursday's game against the Falcons, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
Nov 10, 2022 3:59 PM EST
Carolina reinstated Darnold (ankle) from injured reserve Monday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
Nov 7, 2022 6:36 AM EST
Darnold said Wednesday that he's "close to 100 percent" following the high left-ankle sprain he suffered in the Panthers' preseason finale, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Nov 2, 2022 12:45 PM EST
Panthers interim head coach Steve Wilks said that PJ Walker will start Sunday's game in Atlanta, regardless of the health of Darnold (ankle) and Baker Mayfield (ankle), Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Oct 24, 2022 11:32 AM EST
Coach Steve Wilks said Darnold (ankle) looked good in his return to practice Wednesday but won't be available for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
Oct 19, 2022 12:12 PM EST
Darnold (ankle) has been designated to return from injured reserve and will be able to practice Wednesday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
Oct 19, 2022 9:49 AM EST
Interim coach Steve Wilks expects Darnold (ankle) to come off injured reserve and practice this week, though he's unsure if Darnold can get up to speed quickly enough to face the Buccaneers on Sunday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports.
Oct 17, 2022 12:41 PM EST
Darnold (ankle) won't be available for Sunday's game at the Rams but could be back for Week 7 against the Buccaneers, Mike Kaye of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Oct 12, 2022 12:05 PM EST