Panthers QB competition: Where battle between Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold for starting role stands currently
Panthers QB competition: Where battle between Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold for starting role stands currentlyFollowing Carolina's acquisition of Baker Mayfield from the Browns, Darnold and Mayfield are expected to have a competition for the starting position, with Mayfield considered the frontrunner given the past success he's had in the NFL.
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Darnold: “I’m going to continue to do me.”
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The Panthers continue to sort out their quarterback competition as the regular season draws nearer, with Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield duking it out for first-team reps. Adding intrigue to the competition was a rumor that the team was shopping Darnold in trade discussions, something Darnold said he addressed with general manager Scott Fitterer.
“I talked to Scott and he said not to worry about it,” Darnold told reporters Monday. “So, to be honest, before he even talked to me, I didn’t even see it. So, like I said, like I continue to say, I’m going to continue to do me and do what I can to put myself in a good position and put this team in a good position.”
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Darnold started 11 games for Carolina during his first season with the team after being traded from the Jets. He completed 59.9% of his pass attempts for 2,527 yards, nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also rushed for 222 yards and five scores.
Last month, the Panthers acquired Mayfield in a trade with the Browns in exchange for a 2024 fifth-round pick. Both players will be free agents at the end of this season. Mayfield was the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft, while Darnold was picked No. 3.
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Rhule Gives Update on Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold QB Battle .
Darnold took first-team reps in the first day of Panthers training camp while Mayfield is expected to do so on Thursday. As the Panthers began the first day of training camp, Carolina head coach Matt Rhule remained consistent with his previous stance on the team’s priority at quarterback as Sam Darnold took all the starting reps at Wofford College on Wednesday.However, Rhule also told reporters that Baker Mayfield would lead the first-team offense on Thursday as he wants both signal callers to get practice with the same wide receivers each day.