4 noticeable Panthers changes that could make a big difference in 2022

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Carolina Panthers now have an unlikely alliance

Fate often rears its head for good or bad in the NFL. Once the Carolina Panthers secured the services of Baker Mayfield via trade from the Cleveland Browns, it saw them move forward with the unlikeliest of alliances in 2022.

Mayfield will now work alongside Ben McAdoo. Carolina’s offensive coordinator wasted no time stamping his mark on the organization in a positive manner, but his pre-draft assessment of the Oklahoma product has left many wondering how these big personalities mesh in training camp and during the season.

McAdoo wasn’t exactly enamored with Mayfield coming out of college despite the signal-caller winning the Heisman Trophy. But it’s also unlikely that this trade comes to fruition without the former New York Giants head coach giving it the green light.

This is potentially a powder keg waiting to go off. However, they do say opposites attract and the duo might be able to provide a much-needed spark that was sorely missing with Sam Darnold and Joe Brady in 2021.

The stakes are high for both McAdoo and Mayfield next season. Both have the chance to reinvent themselves in a different environment, but getting on the same page is of critical importance.

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