Baker Mayfield must impose himself across the Carolina Panthers
One doesn’t have to look far across the mainstream media to see how Baker Mayfield’s character is being perceived. Stories about his immaturity with the Cleveland Browns are well documented, with a reported dispute between the quarterback and Kevin Stefanski coming from the head coach missing a meeting in favor of a private discussion with stud defensive end Myles Garrett.
This has led many to debate whether or not Mayfield is a good fit with the Carolina Panthers. General manager Scott Fitterer seems confident he will become an asset, with the respected front office figure adding that plenty of people “went to bat” for the signal-caller during their investigations.
The only person that can alter this narrative is Mayfield himself.
Performing well on the field is obviously important. But the No. 1 overall selection in 2018 must also impose himself across the organization in pursuit of installing additional confidence in his abilities to get this franchise trending in the right direction.
Mayfield cannot do anything about how others look at him from a production or character standpoint. What the player can do is lead by example, fully integrate into the Panthers’ way of thinking, and do what he can to become a fan favorite for good measure.
If Mayfield accomplishes this, then an extended stay in Carolina cannot be ruled out.