What were some major observations from Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield’s seventh practice following his trade to the organization?
There appears to be some momentum building around Baker Mayfield. The Carolina Panthers are expecting big things from the quarterback following his trade from the Cleveland Browns and his notable improvements throughout padded practices so far have left many reasons to be encouraged about a potential bounce-back campaign in 2022.
The aura and excitement surrounding Mayfield is something the Panthers haven’t had since Cam Newton was at the peak of his powers. While expecting him to have a similar impact is unlikely, all Carolina wants is stable production and for the signal-caller to become somebody that propels this team rather than hinders it.
After so much uncertainty under center since Matt Rhule was appointed head coach, the Panthers need inspiration. And based on recent efforts, Mayfield might be the guy that finally gets this franchise trending in the right direction.
With this in mind, here are four major observations from Mayfield’s seventh Panthers practice on Wednesday.
Major Observation No. 1
Baker Mayfield putting in extra work with Carolina Panthers WR
One of the most noticeable elements occurred after practice and further highlighted how much Baker Mayfield is willing to do in pursuit of making this opportunity with the Carolina Panthers count. The quarterback was spotted after the session putting in additional reps with wide receiver Robbie Anderson, who has also come on leaps and bounds throughout the second week of camp.
Much was made about Anderson’s comments about the Panthers securing the trade. But in all honesty, this might actually be a good thing for the Temple product given his ability to stretch the field and Mayfield’s renowned arm strength.
This is a sign that everyone is pulling in the same direction, despite what some might tell you. Hopefully, Mayfield and Anderson’s blossoming relationship can transition into the regular season ahead of a crucial Year 3 for head coach Matt Rhule.