4 major observations from Baker Mayfield’s first Panthers practice
By Dean Jones
Baker Mayfield sets high standards for himself
After concluding his first practice, Baker Mayfield took to the podium to answer questions from the media in attendance, immediately outlining his mistake in underestimating the South Carolina heat by wearing long sleeves and sweatpants when all around him were in shorts.
This was also an insight into the high standards Mayfield demands from himself, which is based on protecting the football and taking calculated risks when called upon in pursuit of progression.
Mayfield added that if he plays his best football throughout Carolina Panthers’ training camp, then everything else should take care of itself.
"“There’s a time to be aggressive and try to push the ball downfield without being stupid and being careless. There’s aggressiveness, and then there’s carelessness. It’s a fine line between those and knowing when to take your shots and when to not get too greedy and play in the flow of the game. If you take care of the ball, most likely you’re going to win games.”"
Watching Mayfield’s progress in the coming weeks will be telling.
Just how much he’ll see the field in preseason games is debatable, but it might be worth the Panthers getting him so action before looking to hit the ground running in Week 1.