Baker Mayfield puts up 3 TDs, 250+ yards, and 40 rushing yards on Carolina Panthers’ debut
For the first time in a few years, the Carolina Panthers go into training camp with an actual quarterback competition. Sam Darnold, the incumbent, finally has a true threat to overtake his role in leading the team.
Panther nation knows what Darnold brings to the table and the limitations we saw last season, combined with an injury, overshadowed his impressive three-game stint to start the campaign.
Darnold underwhelmed during his tenure with the Jets and his play during the 2021 season did not alleviate concern. By bringing in Mayfield, the writing is on the wall.
The USC product will be relegated to backup duty with Mayfield donning the black and blue during a revenge matchup in Week 1 versus his former team at Bank of American Stadium.
Given a chance to reinvent himself coupled with a chip on his shoulder by the way the Cleveland Browns management treated him during and after the Deshaun Watson trade, Mayfield will be laser-focused in the season opener proving he is still worthy of being a starting signal-caller in this league.
Panther fans will watch Mayfield throw for 250+ yards, three touchdowns, and rush for at least 40 yards. This should be enough to secure an opening day success.