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Why didn't the Panthers name Baker Mayfield as the QB starter?

of carolina panthers They’re starting the preseason on Saturday, so they’re in no rush to name a starting quarterback for the regular season.

Panthers head coach Matt Rule told reporters on Saturday that he “doesn’t make any plans for the quarterback position” until after the Week 2 preseason game against the Patriots on Aug. 19.

As newly acquired Baker Mayfield battles Sam Darnold for the Panthers’ top job, “First Things First” co-host Nick Wright says the former Browns quarterback is yet to be named a starter. I wondered why.

“We all know Baker is going to be the starting quarterback,” Wright said on Monday’s show. Despite the fact that he was paying, he traded for him and gave up far more legitimate draft money for him than he gave up for Baker.

Panthers have ‘no timetable’ for Baker Mayfield’s starting QB.First Things First

Nick Wright and Greg Jennings discuss why the Panthers haven’t named Baker Mayfield as the starting quarterback yet.

“And Baker was better every step of the way in the NFL. Baker was better in college than Sam Darnold. It’s a very simple decision. Why is he pulling it out? I do not know.”

The Panthers gave up three draft picks, including a second-round pick, to trade Darnold from the Jets in 2021.

Conversely, the Panthers gave up only a 2024 conditional fifth-round pick to acquire Mayfield from the Browns in July. Also, Carolina will pay Mayfield only her $4.858 million and Cleveland will receive the rest of her $10.5 million.

Mayfield has been a statistically better quarterback than Darnold since the two were drafted in 2018. Mayfield has more passing touchdowns (92 to 54) and passing yards (14,125 to 10,624) than Darnold, as well as his passer rating (87.8 to 76.9). .

Even when Mayfield struggled in 2021, he had a better season than Darnold. The former Browns QB threw for 3,010 yards, 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 14 games, and Darnold passed for 2,527 yards, 9 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 12 games.

Former Packers receiver Greg Jennings believes the rule just doesn’t want Mayfield to give the job away. As such, I believe that the “competitive element” brings out the best in Mayfield.

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“During his tenure with the Cleveland Browns, we saw what a revolving door was,” Jennings said. “But in Carolina, I believe Matt Rule is trying to say just that: ‘Look, I’m not going to give this to you.’ when you had to earn it.”

“If Baker Mayfield can be an elite quarterback, I think that will bring him back into this tier again. We all know he has the talent, the skills and the tools to do it. I know…but what could push him over the edge? Competing and handing over jobs is how that process starts.”

In 2018, Mayfield threw for a rookie-record 3,725 yards and 27 touchdowns. Both of those numbers are among the best in Darnold’s career.

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