Panthers expected to name QB Baker Mayfield Week 1 starter: Sources

The Carolina Panthers are expected to name Baker Mayfield their starting quarterback against the Cleveland Browns for Week 1 of the 2022 season, sources said. The athletic. He competes with Sam Darnold, but must be named starter when the team is ready to make the announcement.

Panthers coach Matt Rhule had indicated he could decide between Mayfield and Darnold during their preseason game against the New England Patriots. Mayfield played one series in the Panthers’ preseason game against the Washington Commanders. It was a 13-play drive that came to a halt after Mayfield botched an exchange with center Pat Elflein.

“I’m not worried about when the decision will be made or anything in terms of timeline,” Mayfield said. “Just try to put my head down and take it day by day.”

The Panthers acquired Mayfield from the Browns during the off-season. Mayfield played 14 games during the 2021 season, recording 3,010 yards, 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

The Panthers face the Patriots at 7 p.m. ET Friday for their penultimate preseason game. Carolina’s Week 1 matchup against the Browns is September 11 at 1 p.m. ET.

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