The Carolina Panthers tried to give Baker Mayfield another chance, but he didn’t do much with it. So it’s time to move on.
After watching Baker struggle in place of an injured P.J. Walker on Sunday against the Ravens, Panthers head coach Steve Wilks has decided to move on and give another 2018 first-round pick his shot under center.
The Panthers made the announcement today that Sam Darnold will start at quarterback for the team when they host the Denver Broncos in week 12.
P.J. Walker had taken over as the Panthers’ starter in week 6, but after suffering an injury in week 10, Wilks made the decision to turn back to Baker Mayfield. It didn’t pay off, however, as the 2018 first-overall pick threw for just 196 yards and two interceptions in a 13-3 loss.
Figuring it can’t get much worse than that, Wilks will not put his offense in the hands of the third-overall pick from that 2018 draft. Darnold, of course, was acquired by the Panthers in a trade with the Jets during the 2021 offseason. The intention was for him to become the new franchise quarterback in Carolina. And he was off to a great start, winning his first three games. But then the wheels fell off, as Darnold lost seven of his next eight starts and eventually lost the starting job.
Despite all of the uncertainty under center for the Panthers, Darnold hasn’t played a single snap yet this season. That’s about to change on Sunday.