4 major observations from Baker Mayfield’s seventh Panthers practice

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Baker Mayfield’s timing was on point

The first few practices involving Baker Mayfield came with some rust. This was to be expected when one considers how much football the quarterback missed during the offseason and his surgery to repair a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder.

Mayfield had some hits and misses throughout Week 1. However, the No. 1 overall selection in 2018 now looks back in the swing of things and this is something that’s seen timing improve exponentially with his primary pass-catchers throughout the week.

The ever-enhancing connection between Mayfield and his route-runners was something that caught the eye on Wednesday according to Sheena Quick of FOX Sports Radio1340, who stated that the timing gap is now “nonexistent“.

"“The improvement of Baker’s timing with his receivers is on full display. The gap is nonexistent.”"

This is all positive where Mayfield is concerned. There are some things to work on in the coming weeks as the signal-caller familiarizes himself further with the playbook, but it’s hard to deny he’s coming on better than anticipated given the short timeframe.

If this continues into Week 3 of training camp, then the Panthers’ quarterback ‘competition’ is a foregone conclusion.