Baker Mayfield’s nightmare season in Carolina took another unfortunate twist on Sunday.
The Carolina Panthers quarterback has been, arguably, the worst starting quarterback in the National Football League so far this season. According to QB rating, the Panthers quarterback has been the worst in football.
Working with arguably the best dual-threat running back in Christian McCaffrey out of the backfield, as well as D.J Moore and Robbie Anderson, many had hoped that he could recreate that fire he once had coming out of Oklahoma and with the Cleveland Browns, taking them from going 1-31 in the two seasons before he arrived to the playoffs back in 2020.
Perhaps because of the expectations placed on his shoulders after what happened in Cleveland, Mayfield has had to deal with some serious criticism so far this season.
During the first half of the Panthers’ Week 5 loss against the 49ers, Mayfield suffered an ankle injury. The starting quarterback underwent an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of his injury.
As of right now, the injury will sideline him “at least a couple weeks,” per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The 27-year-old quarterback, who landed in Carolina this past July after four years in Cleveland, has thrown for 962 yards this season, along with four touchdowns and four interceptions.
“I haven’t played well enough, obviously. There’s a lot of ball left. We have to get it fixed,” Mayfield said.
“That’s how I’m wired. I don’t live in the past. I live in the moment. Figure it out and move forward.”
Monday has been a big day of change for the Panthers after Rhule and the team parted ways following his 11–27 overall record through less than three seasons.
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