Panthers’ Sam Darnold on Zach Wilson’s bench: ‘It’s a crazy business’

Sam Darnold is the man who understands NFL action And how fortunes can turn out to be a dime a dozen.

The former third overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft wasn’t quite the way many had hoped, on his second team in his fifth year in the league and preparing to start his first game of the 2022 season at Sunday vs Denver Broncos.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold, #14, prepares to face the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Baltimore.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold, #14, prepares to face the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Baltimore.
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Darnold was drafted by the New York Jets as a receiver for an organization that had been looking for a franchise quarterback for decades. He was traded after just three years to New York as the Jets advanced, drafting Zach Wilson second overall in the 2021 draft.

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Wilson was bench on Wednesday By Coach Robert Saleh after a terrible performance against the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Being the quarterback in the NFL, Darnold understands how quickly things can change.

“I couldn’t care less what happens out there, but I saw (Wilson was tied up). It’s obviously crazy work — but we’re really focused on the job at hand, which is playing a really good Broncos team,” Darnold said Wednesday, according to The Charlotte Observer.

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Sam Darnold, #14 of the Carolina Panthers, throws before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Baltimore.

Sam Darnold, #14 of the Carolina Panthers, throws before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Baltimore.
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“Playing quarterback in the NFL is a tough job, but it’s the best,” Darnold added. “It’s the best job in the world, so to be able to do that every single day you don’t ever take it for granted. Or at least I don’t. But (sitting) comes with though. It’s a tough position, but at the end Ultimately, it’s fun. And for me, I’m living my dream every single day.”

Wilson, who threw for just 77 yards at Loss to New EnglandHe was criticized in the media for not taking responsibility for his play after the match.

On Wednesday, Wilson apologized to his teammates for his post-game comments.

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“The way I handled the situation wasn’t right. I have to be a better footballer, and then I have to be a better captain for these guys,” said Wilson. “I have an opportunity to turn the page here as a player and as a captain to be able to take a step forward and be able to be here 100% for my guys and be able to handle the situation properly.”

Zack Wilson, #2 for the New York Jets, tackles the New England Patriots during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Zack Wilson, #2 for the New York Jets, tackles the New England Patriots during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
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“I’m just looking forward to the future and from this event how I can develop as a person, as a leader, as a teammate to be there for my guys and handle things the right way. This will be a good opportunity, a humbling opportunity, for me to put my head down and work hard.”

Fox News’ Ryan Moreck contributed to this report

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