Baker Mayfield becoming a mentor for Matt Corral
One thing that’s becoming prevalent with Baker Mayfield is his blossoming relationship with rookie quarterback Matt Corral. Something that could have long-term benefits for the Carolina Panthers moving forward.
It hasn’t been the smoothest of transitions for the third-round selection so far. But the veteran is keen to take Corral under his wing, lending his advice, and helping turn the gifted gunslinger into an NFL-caliber player at the position.
Mayfield knows what Corral is going through right now. Coming from a college-style offense into Ben McAdoo’s complex scheme is a tricky task, so the former Oklahoma standout is leading by example and helping his teammate in whatever way possible.
"“To be honest with you, I know exactly how Matt is mentally right now. Just coming from an offense in college where there’s no huddles, it’s all signal based, and being able to try and give back a little bit. Because my head was spinning my rookie year, and I know how he feels. Just trying to help him ease his mind, and get his confidence up. He’s here for a reason, but it takes work. It’s definitely a huge difference in the grind and preparation from college to this level, so trying to support him any way I can.”"
It might not sound like much, but this is another example of Mayfield’s leadership abilities and team-first mentality. A far cry from the childish and immature allegations that emanated from the Cleveland Browns following his departure.
That hasn’t been seen since Mayfield joined the Panthers and he’s won over fellow locker room members quickly. This was always going to be half the battle after such a turbulent offseason.