4 key factors to monitor during Carolina Panthers 2022 preseason opener
By Dean Jones
Carolina Panthers QB rep allocation
The quarterback competition between Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold has taken center stage throughout camp. Many believe the Oklahoma product to be the starting option right now after a smooth transition to a different environment, but the Carolina Panthers haven’t confirmed anything one way or another just yet.
Matt Rhule stated that it’ll be another week at least before a final decision is made. The head coach also revealed that both Mayfield and Darnold will play some part at the Washington Commanders to provide further tape for those in power during their evaluations.
Again, this is likely to be a series or two at best. Mayfield and Darnold have four years of NFL experience under their belts, so providing rookie Matt Corral with the majority of snaps might be the smart way to go at this stage of his development.
Corral was a bystander on the sidelines more often than not in camp, taking mental reps as the veteran duo fought it out for the No. 1 spot. The Ole Miss product left a positive impression when given the opportunity, but this would be a litmus test to see just how much more is needed where the third-round pick is concerned.
There is also the presence of P.J. Walker to factor into the equation. Although his chances of making the roster appear bleak given the presence of Mayfield, Darnold, and Corral.