4 major observations from Baker Mayfield’s second Panthers practice

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Feast or famine portion from Baker Mayfield

One thing that can be said of Baker Mayfield is that he isn’t afraid to take risks. This makes him the player he is, but better decision-making and knowing when to gamble are things the signal-caller needs to improve slightly to make this opportunity with the Carolina Panthers go off without a hitch.

Mayfield’s feast or famine approach was evident during a portion of practice where he should have been intercepted by Donte Jackson and Julian Stanford in quick succession. The Heisman Trophy winner shrugged it off and finished on a high note, but it’s a situation worth keeping an eye on nonetheless.

Perhaps it’s just a timing thing. Mayfield’s offseason surgery on his non-throwing shoulder means the quarterback is still finding his feet, but the Panthers won’t want this translating to the regular season with an incredible amount on the line in 2022.

Becoming more accurate and improving decisions is the best way for Mayfield to shine in a different environment. There should be risks involved – which is the hallmark of any great player – but choosing them more effectively is the only route forward from now on.

With that being said, there was far more good than bad from Mayfield on Day 2. And long may that continue.