Scott Fitterer: This is an open competition at quarterback

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When the Panthers traded for Baker Mayfield, the general assumption was that the 2018 No. 1 overall pick would be behind center for the Week One game against his former team.

But Carolina is going to make Mayfield earn the title of QB1.

In his Tuesday press conference, Panthers General Manager Scott Fitterer said it’s an “open competition” at quarterback, with Sam Darnold, P.J. Walker, and Matt Corral already on the roster.

“The reason why we added Baker was to make the group better as a whole,” Fitterer said. “Our whole philosophy is to add competition not just in the quarterback room but every position. So if we see an opportunity to get better, where we can add a player that makes sense for us as a team, makes sense for us financially, makes sense for us just from an addition standpoint, we’re going to do that. And with Baker being out there, having the conversations, it made sense for us.”

Fitterer added that he thinks the competition will also make Darnold better.

“Sam really had a nice spring for us, stepped up, showed a lot of edge, threw the ball really well,” Fitterer said. “And I think competition would be good for him, would be good for P.J., it’s good for Matt Corral — the young guy that’s going to be in the room learning. And it’s good for Baker. It’s a fresh start for him.

“So I think overall, it’s a very healthy situation for us all to be in.”

The Panthers finished last season 5-12. Though the club was second in yards allowed defensively, it was 21st in points surrendered. That’s in part because of poor quarterback play, as Carolina led the league with 32 interceptions and was 31st with just 14 touchdown passes.

Improved execution behind center could make the Panthers a contender for a playoff spot in the NFC.

7 responses to “Scott Fitterer: This is an open competition at quarterback

  1. Can you take parts of Baker and parts of Darnold and create 1 QB? Both have some real flaws.

  2. This seems like a half-baked effort to encourage a competition. As the old saying goes – if you don’t know who your starting QB is, you don’t have a starting QB

  3. Not much of a competition. Baker will be the starter. Darnold is barely a back up in this league, PJ Walker might be 2nd best on the roster. Corral is a project QB at best. I don’t think Baker is a great QB buy he is a starter in the NFL.

  4. AntowainSmooth says:
    July 12, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    This seems like a half-baked effort to encourage a competition. As the old saying goes – if you don’t know who your starting QB is, you don’t have a starting QB

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    Not for nothing… but I have NEVER heard that “old saying.” I think the “old saying” (which originated with Lou Holz) you were going for is “If you have more than one QB you dont have a QB”

  5. When you have 3 starting QBs you really have zero starting QBs. Mayfield should win the job, but he landed in the worst spot possible with a terrible owner, front office and HC. Rooting for Baker to roll the Browns week 1.

  6. Well I mean they aren’t keeping all 4 on the roster all year… so this seems a bit disingenuous

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