"There's a little bit of both — relief and excitement," Darnold said, per the Panthers' website. "I imagined I was going to be the franchise quarterback of the New York Jets for a long time. And once you realize that the team that drafted you is moving on, it stings a little bit."
Matt Rhule did not name Sam Darnold the team’s starting quarterback during Monday’s virtual press conference.
In that year’s Super Bowl loss to the Giants, he played offense, defense and special teams. Even so, the idea of turning Edelman into Wes Welker’s heir in the slot dragged to the point where when Welker bolted in 2013, the Patriots gave Danny Amendola a five-year deal to be that guy. Edelman lingered on the market, flirted with the Giants, then signed a one-year prove-it deal.