4 major observations from Baker Mayfield’s performance vs. Browns

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What were some major observations from Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield’s performance against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1?

To say it was an emotional occasion for Baker Mayfield in Week 1 would be understating things slightly. The quarterback made his competitive debut for the Carolina Panthers in front of their passionate support against the Cleveland Browns, the team that traded him away for nothing more than Day 3 compensation this offseason.

Mayfield did well to avoid any unnecessary headlines throughout the week. Something that was in keeping with his newfound focus and determination since joining the Panthers shortly before training camp.

How the Oklahoma product kept his composure was always going to be key. As it turned out, Mayfield’s late-game heroics were not enough to emerge with bragging rights.

With this in mind, here are four major observations from Mayfield’s performance against the Browns in Week 1.

Major Observation No. 1

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Carolina Panthers’ offense was disjointed early

It probably didn’t come as a surprise to see things disjointed right out of the gate. Adrenaline was high and opening day nerves were evident, but things were not clicking for Baker Mayfield and his playmakers over the opening few drives.

Mayfield almost lost a fumble that he thankfully fell on. Their biggest gain early from Christian McCaffrey was brought back for offensive holding on Ian Thomas.

Things got steadily worse as the first quarter went on. Mayfield completed four of seven passes for just seven yards and was sacked once after a safety blitz wasn’t picked up effectively.