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Panthers choose Baker Mayfield to start against Browns in season opener

Panthers choose Baker Mayfield to start against Browns in season opener

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Aug 23
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On Monday, the Carolina Panthers officially announced Baker Mayfield as their starting quarterback for the season opened against the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns, Mayfield’s former team, are coming to Bank of America Stadium on September 11 and the 27-year-old will wear different colors this time after spending four seasons in Cleveland.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of attachment there,” Mayfield said, as per ESPN. “I’m not going to sit here and be a robot and say it doesn’t mean anything. It will. I’m not going to premeditate anything. Once I step inside the lines I’m a competitor.”

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule explained his decision why he chose the former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback ahead of Sam Darnold.

“Baker has made a lot of improvement, a lot of growth in all three areas in a short amount of time,” he said.

"When we started this process, we were looking at three things ,“No. 1, mastery of the offense; No. 2, situational football excellence; and No. 3, moving the ball and getting guys involved.

- Matt Rhule

Baker's Scale

4.8

Cleveland agreed to pay $10.5 million of Mayfield’s contract this season before a deal was brokered. He receives $4.8 million from the Panthers.

 

“Mayfield has also shown humility coming out of a rocky exit from Cleveland, and he’s been respectful in entering a quarterback room, melding quickly with Sam Darnold and Matt Corral, even though they were all competing for the same thing."

- Albert Breer - Sports Illustrated

Heisman Jinx?

In his last season with the Browns, Mayfield threw for 3,010 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. On Friday, The 2017 Heisman winner is expected to lead the Panthers against the Buffalo Bills in the third preseason game.

Dec 25, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) warms up before game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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    Baker Reagan Mayfield is an American football quarterback for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League . Following a stint with Texas Tech,

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