With just over three weeks until the start of the 2022 NFL season, the Panthers have declared a winner of their offseason quarterback competition, on Monday officially naming Baker Mayfield their starter for Week 1.
He was acquired via trade in July and battled fellow former first-round pick, Sam Darnold, for Carolina’s top job. Now, the former Browns signal-caller is set to face his old team when Carolina hosts Cleveland to kick off the new year on Sept. 11.
After the news, Mayfield took to the field for practice and had a rough day.
Neither Mayfield nor Darnold have gotten extensive action in the preseason, with both QBs sitting out Friday’s loss to the Patriots and combining for just 10 throws in Carolina’s opener against the Commanders.
Mayfield is the more accomplished NFL QB, two years removed from an 11-5 finish and playoff run with Cleveland.