4 major observations from Baker Mayfield at Panthers joint practice Day 2

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What were some major observations from Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield’s second joint practice against the New England Patriots?

After an indifferent first joint practice with the New England Patriots, Baker Mayfield had another opportunity to stake his claim for the starting job on Wednesday. The quarterback is experienced enough to know that one practice is unlikely to alter perceptions, even if the Carolina Panthers are intent on dragging this battle out for as long as possible.

It turned out to be a fiery practice with a couple of skirmishes that threatened to turn into something more. The Panthers have a new mindset this summer compared to their 2021 preparations, with Mayfield bringing a renewed sense of hope things can finally start turning a corner on offense after an encouraging transition following his trade from the Cleveland Browns.

This was the big test for Mayfield. Bill Belichick threw plenty of defensive formations his way on Day 1, so it was interesting to see how the offense counteracted this in the second and final session.

With this in mind, here are some major observations from Mayfield’s second joint practice at the Patriots before Friday’s preseason encounter between the two.

Major Observation No. 1

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Carolina Panthers have some edge with Baker Mayfield

One didn’t have to look far to see how ugly it was getting between the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots early on. Multiple skirmishes and fights broke out right out of the gate, leaving a woman hurt in the stands and both coaches furious about what they saw transpiring in front of their eyes.

Baker Mayfield played peacemaker more often than not. But it did not stop the signal-caller from letting the Pats defense know Carolina was not going to be rolled over during a much-improved session on the offensive side of things.

Everyone knows Mayfield has a certain edge. Something that hasn’t been seen in Carolina since Cam Newton was at the peak of his powers.