There will not be a call made as to who the Carolina Panthers’ QB1 can be this season till Week 2 of the preseason has handed.
Panthers head coach Matt Rhule on Saturday tabbed his staff’s Aug. 19 preseason tilt in opposition to the host New England Patriots as a proving floor within the QB battle between Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold.
“I am not placing a timetable on the quarterback place till after we get again from the Patriots week,” Rhule stated, by way of ESPN’s David Newton. “The Patriots week is a real litmus check for us. That may actually present us the place guys are.”
Darnold and Mayfield have alternated reps for the reason that latter joined the squad by way of commerce previous to coaching camp in July. Darnold has let it’s recognized that the 2 are “cool” with one another and expects the competitors to carry out the most effective in each of them, whereas Mayfield has been appreciative of the transparency within the course of.
Neither has emerged as a transparent frontrunner, although, and Rhule has maintained all alongside he will not rush the choice.
By the point the Patriots’ preseason sport is on the docket, the Panthers can have performed the Commanders of their preseason opener on Aug. 13 and still have taken half in joint practices with the Pats earlier than the Friday night time sport.
On Saturday, each QBs had interceptions in observe, a lot to Rhule’s dismay.
“We have to guard the soccer,” Rhule stated.
Although Rhule did not firmly state that he’ll decide after the Patriots sport, it should now stand as a marker on the calendar in maybe the league’s most anticipated quarterback competitors.
Subsequent up, although, is a Sunday with out observe, which can be a chance for a deep dive into what he is seen from the 2 2018 NFL Draft top-three picks to date.
Mentioned Rhule of his and his employees’s Sunday plans: “Actually dig into the tape and see who’s actually mastering the offense and who’s not.”