5 crucial observations from the Carolina Panthers landing Baker Mayfield

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Carolina Panthers vs. Cleveland Browns is now must-see TV

Nobody was happier about the Carolina Panthers trading for Baker Mayfield than the NFL’s schedule-makers. As fortune would have it, the quarterback will lock horns with the team that cast him aside in Week 1 at Bank of America Stadium, which has now become a must-watch for even the most casual football fans.

Mayfield will be keen to get one over on his former employers and get off to the best possible start in Carolina. But the Cleveland Browns will know exactly how to minimize his production after working closely with the player from the moment he was drafted.

It’s highly unlikely that this game will feature Deshaun Watson, who could be subject to a lengthy league suspension relating to sexual misconduct. Something that gives the Panthers half a chance of beginning the 2022 campaign with a much-needed morale boost.

This only adds to the level of intrigue surrounding Mayfield, who is one of the most polarizing quarterbacks in the league. It will tell us plenty about his character and whether or not the former Heisman Trophy winner can get this team trending in the right direction, which has been a long time coming after some seriously questionable personnel moves at the most important position on the field.

Whether Mayfield adds his name to the list remains to be seen. But it’s going to be exciting to see things unfold, that’s for sure.

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