Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield share first-team reps on Friday

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On Wednesday, Sam Darnold got all the first-team reps. On Thursday, they went to Baker Mayfield. On Friday, they’re sharing the plays with the starting offense.

Darin Gantt of Panthers.com has the updates from the third day of practice.

Ultimately, Darnold or Mayfield will earn the starting job. Most assume it will be Mayfield, since the team traded for him at a time when it already had Darnold. Former Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme thinks Darnold has the edge, since he was there for the offseason.

If so, it will be harder for Mayfield to prepare for Week One if he’s not getting more of the reps now. The sooner he performs so well that it’s clear he’s the better option, the sooner he’ll get all of the first-team reps.

The sooner that happens for the Panthers, the better off everyone will be.

17 responses to “Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield share first-team reps on Friday

  1. i still think 6 gets cut mid season .. Tepper wont pay any more then he has to..

  2. If Darnold with more experience can’t beat out Baker then it’s time for the owner to clean house in Carolina. They gave up too much for Darnold.

  3. Sam has more talent than Mayfield –size arm running ability –no one has had the bad luck he has run into –of lack of talent around him

  4. tony Masson says:
    July 29, 2022 at 1:24 pm
    Sam has more talent than Mayfield –size arm running ability –no one has had the bad luck he has run into –of lack of talent around him
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    Sure, but can Darnold run down the field fanning his arms backwards after making a completion? Edge-Mayfield.

  5. It really does not matter who the QB starter is in Carolina, until they get WR’s that can catch the ball, nothing will change.

  6. In my mind its Mayfield job. But Darnold did show signs of life in the beginning of the season last year

  7. Say what you want about Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield…they both give good clean crisp handoffs to the running backs.

  8. As Coach Madden said: “If you have TWO quarterbacks, then you really don’t have ONE.”

  9. This reminds me a lot of the QB competition between Drew Locke and Teddy Bridgewater. You might give an edge to one or the other, but eh, really, who cares? It’s gonna be a coach is getting fired at the end of the season kinda year either way.

  10. Baker wins a pkayoff game with the pa thers this year, the browns lose the division again.

  11. Bostonian and diehard Irish fan. I obviously hate NY teams, but why darnold was drafted where he was always baffled me.

    I watched him at USC, and he just had the deer in the headlights look every week. I can’t say anything, we had Tommy and have hill and hopefully Mac.

    But for the life of me, I don’t get why these teams in poor QB drafts feel the need to jump the gun?! Just take the blow and wait. The draft capital surrender was huge

  12. cs-lewis says:
    July 29, 2022 at 7:44 pm
    Baker wins a pkayoff game with the pa thers this year, the browns lose the division again.
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    Haha. Just because you hate the Browns doesn’t make them any worse or Mayfield any better. Mayfield won’t even have a winning record this year let alone win a playoff game.

  13. They are splitting reps at a time when first-team reps don’t matter much. Realistically, they saw enough from Darnold last year to both draft and trade for his replacement. No reason to believe that they found the off switch on that turnover machine.

  14. This is how it should be – incumbent Darnold gets a chance and there are enough questions about Baker that he is not the person who is automatically given the job. Carolina fans – you got a fighter – if healthy, would be shocked he doesn’t win the job. He turns into a baby when adversity hits. If he is over that nonsense, you may have yourself a QB for the next several years.

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