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

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What were some major observations from Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield’s performance against the New Orleans Saints in Week 3?

Flashing for brief moments during games isn’t going to cut it for Baker Mayfield anymore. The Carolina Panthers need their quarterback to lead from the front and get this team out of their current slump, so there was a lot on the line for all parties heading into a crunch divisional clash versus the New Orleans Saints in Week 3.

Mayfield acknowledged as much during his media availability this week. The excuse of chemistry issues coming from a lack of offseason reps won’t wash for much longer and coming up against the Saints’ defense meant things were hanging in the balance at Bank of America Stadium.

As it turned out, Mayfield wasn’t at his best yet again. But it didn’t matter as the Panthers got themselves a morale-boosting victory that saves their season.

With that being said, here are four major observations from Mayfield’s performance in Week 3.

Major Observation No. 1

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Baker Mayfield remains hesitant

It was another afternoon where Baker Mayfield looked hesitant in the pocket. The signal-caller seemed to lack confidence in his offensive line once again and removed invited pressure when there was no need given how well the protection stood up more often than not.

Mayfield was sacked three times for a loss of 22 yards. But one could make a strong case for the quarterback bringing that on himself and this is something that has to change because it’s impacting everyone else from an offensive standpoint.