4 major observations from Baker Mayfield at Panthers joint practice Day 1

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What were some major observations from Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield’s performance during the first joint practice with the Patriots? 

After an encouraging preseason debut, Baker Mayfield looked to cement his status as starting quarterback for the Carolina Panthers on Day 1 of their joint practices with the New England Patriots. This is where head coach Matt Rhule will determine once and for all who is the man under center in 2022.

Mayfield couldn’t have done much more over his initial transition to the Panthers. He’s picked up the scheme quickly, become a leader within the locker room, and looked the part in limited reps during Saturday’s warmup win at the Washington Commanders.

All the stories of Mayfield’s immaturity and childishness haven’t come to light as yet. But coming up against Bill Belichick was another stiff test in the lead-up to their game at Foxborough on Friday evening.

With this in mind, here are some major observations from Mayfield’s first Panthers joint practice with the Patriots on Tuesday.

Major Observation No. 1

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Baker Mayfield was Carolina Panthers QB1 to start

Whether it means all that much or not, Baker Mayfield once again led the Carolina Panthers as QB1 right out of the gate on Tuesday. This was also the case for their preseason opener at the Washington Commanders, but head coach Matt Rhule has yet to name him their confirmed starter moving forward.

Just how much longer this continues is anyone’s guess. Rhule outlined something concrete would be in place once this week comes to a conclusion, which will set the wheels in motion for Mayfield to potentially lead the charge if those in power feel like he’s a better option than Sam Darnold.