Panthers bench Sam Darnold for P.J. Walker in game vs. Giants

By , Audacy

There must be something about MetLife Stadium that brings out the worst in Sam Darnold.

With the Carolina Panthers trailing the Giants 15-3 at the start of the fourth quarter, head coach Matt Rhule opted to put backup quarterback P.J. Walker in for Darnold after the 24-year-old quarterback struggled to get anything going offensively.

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Darnold was 16 of 25 for 111 yards and threw one interception, leading the Panthers to just three points over the first three quarters against the last-place Giants. He watched from the sideline as Walker entered the game, clearly a benching and not injury-related.

It has been a deteriorating situation for Darnold in the Panthers in recent weeks.

Darnold entered Sunday’s game having thrown six interceptions to four touchdown passes in his last three games, completing just 54.7% of his pass attempts and averaging 228