Carolina Panthers moving forward with 50/50 QB split
Day 1 saw Sam Darnold given responsibilities with the first unit. On Thursday, it was Baker Mayfield‘s turn.
The Carolina Panthers are expecting big things from the former Oklahoma standout following his trade from the Cleveland Browns. It’ll obviously take time for Mayfield to adjust fully to Ben McAdoo’s complex system, but there was a lot to like about his gradual progression through the second practice.
Mayfield started off a little rusty but finished on an extremely high note. Something that could stand the signal-caller in good stead in pursuit of winning the starting job as anticipated.
Head coach Matt Rhule stated following the session that the plan is to keep giving Mayfield and Darnold equal reps in the short term. This will give the coaching staff a broader perspective of which player is better suited to the top job further down the line, according to Darin Gantt from Panthers.com.
"“Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said they’re still working through the plan for their division of labor there, and will likely begin to mix and match them, giving each quarterback chances with the ones to keep things as equitable as possible.”"
Mayfield is the obvious favorite, even if there is much work ahead for the Heisman Trophy winner. Just what this means for Matt Corral’s development is unclear, so it’s something to monitor closely in the coming days.