Carolina Panthers Reportedly Make Starting QB Decision

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The Carolina Panthers have reportedly pulled the trigger on deciding a starting quarterback.

Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold had been battling it out for the QB1 role, and the former first overall pick has won the job, according to The Athletic.

Baker Mayfield reportedly wins QB competition for the Panthers. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The team hasn’t made a formal announcement, but it looks like Mayfield will be under center week one against the Browns.

Baker Mayfield reportedly beats out Sam Darnold to start at QB for the Panthers. (Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

For those of us who have been paying attention, all signs have been pointing to Mayfield leading the quarterback battle.

Now, the battle is reportedly over and Mayfield beat out Darnold for the QB1 role in Carolina.

Baker Mayfield expected to start at quarterback for the Panthers. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

It was previously reported that while Darnold had been consistent, Mayfield’s ceiling was intriguing to the Panthers and the reason why he was leading the way to win the job.

In his only preseason game so far, Mayfield went 4/7 for 45 yards. Darnold went 2/3 for 16 yards and a touchdown.

Baker Mayfield reportedly wins the QB1 role in Carolina. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

It should be fun to see what Mayfield does with the starting role. With Darnold waiting in the wings, there might not be a large margin for mistakes!

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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