On Wednesday, US time, Panthers coach Matt Rhule said that quarterback Sam Darnold will replace Cam Newton in the starting lineup.
Danold suffered a shoulder injury in the ninth week of the game and was later added to the injury reserve list. Newton led the team to defeat in the last five games.
Lu said: “Sam has made a lot of effort to get back to his state. I think he also showed some good parts last week…. We will also give him the opportunity to show his ability later.”
Darnold and Newton played in the 32-6 loss to the Buccaneers. He completed 15 of 32 passes and advanced 190 yards. The Panthers have been determined to miss the playoffs, and Darnold is the only quarterback with a contract next season. Lu therefore wanted to give him a better evaluation.
“I hope he can play the performance of the first game: pass the ball in time and have a strong desire to attack.” Lu said, “I hope he plays more aggressively, cooperates with the system, and attacks aggressively.”