Panthers’ Baker Mayfield appreciates ‘extraordinarily clear’ QB competitors

Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold proceed to rotate days with the Carolina Panthers’ first-team offense within the battle for the QB1 job. Darnold took the reps with the 1s in Monday’s padded follow, with Mayfield set to paved the way Tuesday.

Mayfield mentioned he appreciates how forthright coach Matt Rhule and the employees has been in how they will conduct the competitors.

“All the pieces has been extraordinarily clear,” Mayfield mentioned, through the crew’s official web site. “They’re telling us precisely how they’re dealing with it. It is not being mentioned to at least one particular person, and Sam hears one other factor; it is proper there in entrance of us and clear and concise.”

Rhule mentioned final week he isn’t near a call on a Week 1 starter, which is no surprise within the nascent phases of coaching camp. The longer the battle goes, the higher Mayfield will know the offense.

The quarterback mentioned he is “far more comfy” within the scheme than every week in the past.

“For me, it is clearly not second nature but, however I am making an attempt to make these steps towards you study the reads effectively sufficient to the place it is a response to get by means of the progressions and figuring out the place to go,” he mentioned. “Final week was undoubtedly slower than I would love it to be, however that is to be anticipated. Trying to make some steps this week with repeated calls and get higher.”

We’ll get a greater thought of the place the QB battle in Carolina stands when the Panthers kick off preseason motion on Saturday, Aug. 13, in opposition to the Washington Commanders.