With training camp officially underway, Panthers star tailback Christian McCaffrey answered a few questions from the media this Tuesday. At one point, McCaffrey was asked to share his early thoughts on Darnold.
McCaffrey had a glowing review of Darnold, as he told reporters that the USC product knows how to maximize his supporting cast’s potential.
“I think he knows how to get the best out of everyone around him too,” McCaffrey said. “And I think his poise is something that’s important at the quarterback position – he doesn’t get too high or too low – and that’s something we can feed off of.
McCaffrey was then asked how Darnold manages to “get the best out of everyone.” The All-Pro running back said it’s all comes down to Darnold’s communication skills.
“I think he’s really good at talking through things with guys, whether it’s receivers, or running backs in protection stuff, and kind of getting a feel for each guy and what their ability is and what their capabilities are. And with that, adjusting his game, or if he needs me to run a route at a different depth, he’ll let me know and nothing goes unsaid.”
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Darnold is entering the fourth year of his rookie contract. He’s basically facing a do-or-die situation in Carolina.
If Darnold can’t revitalize his NFL career, he’ll be officially labeled a bust. Fortunately for him, the Panthers have a plethora of weapons for him to utilize and an innovative coaching staff.