Panthers will start Sam Darnold at quarterback over Cam Newton vs. Saints

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The Charlotte Observer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The six weeks Sam Darnold missed earlier this season after he cracked his shoulder blade in Week 9 allowed him to reflect. He went back and watched film on all of his games — the good and the bad — and found a common theme. Darnold’s success depends on his footwork in the pocket. When his feet are choppy, like they were in Weeks 4-9 when the Panthers went 1-5, he’s indecisive and makes bad decisions. When he’s calm in the pocket, like he was when the Panthers started the season 3-0, he can make throws. Against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Darnold will have another chance…

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