2023 NFL quarterback analysis: Carolina Panthers

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Current starter: Sam Darnold | Current backups: P.J. Walker, Matt Corral

State of the position: Carolina tried — and failed — to trade for a franchise QB (Matthew Stafford, Russell Wilson) the past two seasons. Instead, it relied on a motley crew of Darnold, Baker Mayfield, and Walker. Unsurprisingly, the results were mediocre.

After a Week 11 loss at Baltimore, Carolina released Mayfield. He was 119-of-206 (57.8 percent) for 1,313 yards, six touchdowns, and six interceptions in six starts. Walker started five games in the middle of the season and went 63-of-106 (59.4 percent) for 731 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions.

Darnold flashed talent, and advanced metrics were kind to the former third overall draft pick.