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Sam Darnold jokes about needing to take a hit in the preseason to get ready

Panthers QB Sam Darnold joins Peter King to discuss his time so far with his new team, what he took away from his experience with the Jets and more.

Sam Darnold took four sacks in six preseason games with the Jets and another 98 in 38 regular-season games. So he’s taken his share of hits and doesn’t think taking another one is necessary to prepare him for his regular-season debut with the Panthers.

Darnold made reporters laugh Wednesday with his answer to a question about whether he needs to get hit in the preseason to better prepare him for the season opener.

“Obviously, I have experience with it in the past, you know, the last few years,” Darnold said, via Anthony Rizzuti of MSN. “It is important. I mean, that’s a fair question. It is important to a certain extent to be able to feel that before the season gets going. But, again, like I said, it’s up to coach [Matt] Rhule [whether he plays in the preseason].”

Darnold, who was traded by the Jets to the Panthers during the offseason, did not play in the preseason opener against the Colts. The Panthers play the Ravens on Saturday.