Panthers Coach Reveals Timeline For Potential Quarterback Decision

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The Panthers aren’t in a rush to name a starting quarterback.

Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold are battling it out for the QB1 spot, and for the time being, it’s unclear who will open as the week one starter.

Well, head coach Matt Rhule isn’t in a rush, and definitely won’t make a decision before the second preseason game, which is against the Patriots.

Will Baker Mayfield start at QB for the Panthers? (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

“I’m not putting a timetable on the quarterback position until after we get back from the Patriots week. The Patriots week is a true litmus test for us. That will really show us where guys are,” Rhule explained to the media, according to ESPN.

Will Baker Mayfield or Sam Darnold start at quarterback for the Panthers? (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Who will start at quarterback for the Panthers is one of the biggest stories in the NFL. Carolina gave up very little to acquire Baker Mayfield from the Browns, and many feel he’s going to be the guy.

Who will win Carolina’s QB battle? (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

However, Darnold has had more time in the system and comes with considerably less distractions given Mayfield’s history.

While some might view the situation as chaotic, if things go wrong with one of them, Rhule can quickly make a switch. Having options is always an advantage.

Will Sam Darnold start at quarterback for the Panthers? (Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Let us know in the comments who you expect to start at quarterback for Carolina!

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

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