State of the 2021 Carolina Panthers: Sam Darnold, Matt Rhule must take next step together
Will Sam Darnold prove to be the QB of Carolina's future? Can Matt Rhule keep the Panthers headed in the right direction? Adam Rank checks in.
Ten most exciting new QB-pass catcher combos for 2021
Will Joe Burrow and Ja'Marr Chase make beautiful music together in Cincinnati? Gil Brandt ranks the 10 most exciting new QB-pass catcher combos for the 2021 NFL season.
San Francisco 49ers have created win-win situation at quarterback; five make-or-break players in 2021
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains how the 49ers created a win-win situation at the game's most important position. Plus, five make-or-break players and a burgeoning star at tight end.
Bold predictions for 2021 NFL season: Aaron Rodgers lifts Broncos, Julio Jones fuels Titans
Fulfilling an annual offseason duty, Adam Schein makes bold predictions for the coming NFL campaign -- and this time around, he's feeling EXTRA frisky. Ready for Aaron Rodgers and Julio Jones to sport new uniforms? How about Myles Garrett making history?
Panthers QB Sam Darnold focused on doing job, not on expectations in new home
Sam Darnold's move south to Carolina meant the relief of the eternally high pressure that comes with being a starting quarterback in New York. That doesn't mean Darnold doesn't expect plenty of himself in his second NFL act.
Mailbag: Who could be the NFL equivalent of two-way baseball phenom Shohei Ohtani?
Who could be the NFL's version of Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani, a dominant two-way player? Dan Hanzus explores that question and more in his mailbag.
Biggest remaining offseason priority for each NFC team: Can Seahawks keep Russell Wilson happy?
What's the Falcons' plan for Julio Jones? Can the Seahawks keep Russell Wilson smiling? Marc Sessler identifies the biggest remaining offseason priority for each NFC team.
NFC South projected starters: Falcons' offense loaded; Panthers any better at QB?
The Falcons look unstoppable -- provided they keep Julio Jones. Can Sam Darnold elevate the Panthers' offense? Gregg Rosenthal projects the starters for every team in the NFC South.
2021 NFC win total projections: Can Washington repeat in NFC East?
Will Chase Young and Washington hold off Dak Prescott and the Cowboys to repeat as NFC East champs? Cynthia Frelund projects 2021 win totals for every NFC team.
2021 NFL schedule release: Seven must-watch revenge games in the upcoming season
Tom Brady's Week 4 clash with Bill Belichick and Co. is arguably the most anticipated matchup of the entire 2021 NFL season, but it's not the only opportunity for retribution. Dan Hanzus pinpoints seven spicy revenge games to circle on the calendar.
Teddy Bridgewater: Broncos present 'unique opportunity for me to come in and compete and lead'
The Broncos could be a quarterback away from contention, which has been their reputation for the past few years. QB Teddy Bridgewater sees it as prime opportunity to win another starting job.
NFL players to root for in 2021: One selection from each team
Poring over all 32 NFL teams, Adam Rank identifies one player to root for on each roster in 2021. Why does Dak Prescott have his support? Which rookies made the list?
DO NOT trade Julio Jones; top positional battles; saving Sam Darnold
Should the Falcons trade Julio Jones? Which positional battles bear watching ahead of the 2021 season? Why are the Panthers so high on Sam Darnold? Bucky Brooks digs into these topics in the latest Scout's Notebook.
Matt Rhule on why Panthers didn't pick QB in draft: 'I just believe in Sam [Darnold]'
Some might have been surprised the Panthers didn't go with a quarterback at No. 8 overall in Thursday's first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. But Carolina head coach Matt Rhule let it be known that it's because he has every confidence in Sam Darnold leading his squad.
Panthers pick up QB Sam Darnold's fifth-year option
Carolina spent the No. 8 overall pick on defense Thursday night. On Friday, the club affirmed that Sam Darnold is the future at QB. The Panthers announced they are picking up the fifth-year option on Darnold.
How NFL general managers draft: An inside look at the privileges, pressures and pitfalls of the big chair
After 13 years as the Atlanta Falcons' general manager, Thomas Dimitroff knows a thing or two about the myriad challenges decision-makers encounter in the NFL draft. Here's an inside look at the pressures and pitfalls of draft weekend.
Fifth-year option tracker for 2018 first-round picks
The deadline for NFL teams to option the fifth year on rookie contracts for their 2018 first-round picks is Monday, May 3, and some clubs are getting out ahead of the pack.
Panthers to wait until after draft to decide on Sam Darnold's fifth-year option
Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer said Friday that the decision on whether to pick up quarterback Sam Darnold's fifth-year option wouldn't come down until after the draft next week.
Panthers teammates Sam Darnold, Christian McCaffrey building chemistry with workouts
Sam Darnold worked out with All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey last week in California. Peter King spoke with Darnold's QB coach Jordan Palmer, who said the duo is already making progress together.
NFC Roster Reset: Conference hierarchy heading into 2021 NFL Draft
After three months of firings and hirings, cuts and signings, Marc Sessler breaks down the NFC hierarchy heading into the 2021 NFL Draft. Did anyone gain ground on the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Which teams are a work in progress?
Ryan Kalil: Adam Gase's system didn't allow Sam Darnold freedom to develop
Former Jets center Ryan Kalil believes Sam Darnold has the talent and work ethic to thrive under Matt Rhule and Joe Brady in Carolina.
NFC South roster reset: Bucs in driver's seat as foes encounter major change
How will the Panthers fare with Sam Darnold under center? What will the post-Drew Brees era look like in New Orleans? Michael Baca provides the biggest offseason addition, most impactful loss and top draft priority for each NFC South team.
Sam Darnold 'excited for a fresh start' in Carolina after uncertainty drove him 'insane' in New York
Sam Darnold has a fresh start with the Panthers. This new reality -- and the freedom from the enduring limbo that was his final season with the Jets -- is something he's wanted for a while now.
Matt Rhule: Panthers plan to let Teddy Bridgewater situation 'play out and see where it stands'
Coach Matt Rhule confirmed that the Panthers are allowing Teddy Bridgewater to seek a trade, but the team is in no hurry to make a move with its former starting QB.
Panthers' gamble on Sam Darnold makes sense; Kyle Pitts is the 2021 NFL draft's best player
In this edition of the Scout's Notebook, Bucky Brooks explains why the Sam Darnold gamble makes sense for the Panthers. Plus, the single best player in the 2021 NFL Draft and free agency fits for a highly qualified cornerback.
2021 NFL Comeback Player of the Year candidates | 'Around The NFL'
'Around The NFL' crew shares their 2021 NFL Comeback Player of the Year candidates.
Three players who must take next step in 2021 | 'NFL Total Access'
NFL Network's David Carr, Brian Baldinger, and Mike Giardi share three players who must take next step in 2021.
Joe Thomas: Sam Darnold will finally realize his full potential with Panthers
NFL Network's Joe Thomas and Willie McGinest discuss the expectations for quarterback Sam Darnold with the Carolina Panthers.
Robert Saleh reacts to Jets facing Sam Darnold in Week 1
Jets head coach Robert Saleh joins NFL Network's coverage of the 2021 schedule release to talk about key games on New York's schedule.
Best revenge games of the 2021 season | 'GMFB'
The "Good Morning Football" crew previews the best revenge games of the 2021 season.
Rapoport: Panthers pick up Sam Darnold's fifth-year option
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports the Carolina Panthers pick up QB Sam Darnold's fifth-year option.
How will Darnold fit in Panthers' offense? Baldinger, Billick, Trotter analyze
NFL Network's Brian Baldinger, Brian Billick, and Jim Trotter analyze how quarterback Sam Darnold will fit into the Carolina Panthers' offense.
Joe Namath: Sam Darnold will be in NFL 'at least' 15 more years
Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath shares Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold will be in NFL 'at least' 15 more years.
Sam Darnold's introductory news conference as a Carolina Panther
Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold's introductory news conference as a Carolina Panther.
Rhule: Panthers will 'continue to look' at draft QBs after Darnold trade
Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule says Panthers will "continue to look" at draft QBs after Sam Darnold trade.
Expectations for Sam Darnold with the Panthers | 'Around The NFL'
NFL Network's Dan Hanzus and Marc Sessler share their expectations for quarterback Sam Darnold with the Carolina Panthers.
PFF's Mike Renner: How Sam Darnold impacts Panthers' plan with No. 8 pick
PFF's Mike Renner breaks down how quarterback Sam Darnold impacts the Carolina Panthers' plan with the No. 8 pick.
Joe Douglas: Jets wouldn't have traded Sam Darnold if we had a lower draft pick
New York Jets general manager Joe Douglas says that the team wouldn't have traded quarterback Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers if they had a lower draft pick.
Kurt Warner: I'm 'fascinated' by Sam Darnold's situation with Panthers
NFL Network's Kurt Warner discusses QB Sam Darnold's situation with the Carolina Panthers.
Mick Mixon: Panthers are 'positioned well' with Darnold, Bridgewater
Mick Mixon joins "NFL NOW" to discuss the New York Jets trading QB Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers.
Battista: Joe Douglas taking 'gigantic risk' by trading Sam Darnold
NFL Network's Judy Battista analyzes the New York Jets trading quarterback Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers.
Robby Anderson shares reaction to Jets trading Sam Darnold to Panthers
Carolina Panthers WR Robby Anderson joins "Good Morning Football" to discuss the Sam Darnold trade, expectations for 2021 and moving from New York to North Carolina.
Pioli: Jets 'know what they must do' with No. 2 pick following Darnold trade
NFL Network's Scott Pioli breaks down ramifications of the New York Jets trading QB Sam Darnold.
Biggest winners of the Sam Darnold trade | 'GMFB'
The "Good Morning Football" crew reacts to the New York Jets trading QB Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers.
Warner: 'Can't say I'm fully surprised' the Panthers traded for Darnold
NFL Network's Kurt Warner shares his reaction to the Carolina Panthers' trade for quarterback Sam Darnold.
Rapoport: Rhule has been 'huge fan' of Darnold since interviewing for Jets job
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport shares how Panthers head coach Matt Rhule's meeting with quarterback Sam Darnold when interviewing for the New York Jets job may have factored into Carolina's decision to trade for the QB.
Rapoport: Panthers expected to pick up Sam Darnold's fifth-year option
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport shares that the Carolina Panthers are expected to pick up quarterback Sam Darnold's fifth-year option.
Jeremiah, Brooks: Why Darnold trade 'makes a lot of sense' for Jets, Panthers
NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks discuss the draft implications of the New York Jets trading quarterback Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers.
Jeremiah: Darnold trade is a 'win-win-win' for QB, Panthers, Jets
NFL Network's Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah discuss the trade between the Carolina Panthers and New York Jets involving quarterback Sam Darnold.