The Carolina Panthers aren’t ready to choose a starting QB between Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold.
However, the team isn’t in a position to make that call right now.
“We’re nowhere near the point of evaluating who’s where. This was Baker’s second practice ever with us. I can’t really evaluate that yet. I would expect to see things pretty much 50-50 for the immediate future. At some point, we’ll make some decisions. But I think that’s a long way off,” head coach Matt Rhule explained to the media when talking about the QB situation.
Rhule further added, “The first few days, let’s get them off to a good start. And we’ll make some decisions, not about the competition, but about how do we want to divide the reps up. It’s not an easy thing to divide the reps up.”
The reality of the situation is that there’s no guarantee Mayfield is capable of being a better QB for the Panthers than Darnold.
Darnold has more time in the system, and he certainly comes with a much lower attention profile.
However, the Panthers clearly traded for Mayfield for a reason, and the team is certainly incentivized to give him every opportunity in the world to become QB1.
If it happens, it’s just not going to happen right away. Rhule made that crystal clear.
Let us know in the comments who you think will be QB1 opening week for the Panthers!