NFL insider is convinced how Sam Darnold will perform this season

EAGAN, MINNESOTA – JUNE 4: Sam Darnold #14 of the Minnesota Vikings throws the ball during the Minnesota Vikings mandatory minicamp at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center on June 4, 2024 in Eagan, Minnesota.
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The Minnesota Vikings made waves when they decided to replace Kirk Cousins ​​at quarterback and sign veteran Sam Darnold to a one-year deal. He will now serve as a bridge quarterback for rookie and No. 10 overall pick JJ McCarthy.

This could be Darnold’s last chance to prove he has what it takes to be a starter in the NFL, and one insider is adamant he can do it.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler believes the Vikings “will get their money’s worth when it comes to Darnold,” adding, “They can develop JJ McCarthy behind the scenes and gradually give him more and more leeway in a high-volume passing attack.”

The Vikings gave Darnold a $10 million contract for this season. At 27 years old and one year behind Brock Purdy on the San Francisco 49ers, Darnold now finds himself with his fourth team and his third and perhaps final chance to prove he can be a successful starting quarterback.

Darnold should emulate everything Baker Mayfield did with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, as his 2018 draft-mate and teammate with the Carolina Panthers found himself in a similar situation last year before breaking through and leading the Bucs to the NFC South title and a playoff win that he was able to parlay into a multi-year contract extension.

Mayfield and Darnold both started for the Panthers in 2022 and ended up on the bench.

The Bucs were Mayfield’s fourth team and third chance to be a full-time starter, and he shined when given the opportunity.

Let’s see if Darnold can do the same in Minnesota.

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