Baker Mayfield: I’m focused on winning and nothing else

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When the Panthers opted to go with P.J. Walker at quarterback after Baker Mayfield recovered from an ankle injury, it was hard not to wonder what that meant for Mayfield’s NFL future.

The first overall pick of the 2018 draft is in the final year of his contract and neither the Panthers’ decision to go with Walker nor Mayfield’s play early in the season created much confidence in Mayfield’s long-term future as a starter in the league. Walker is now out with an ankle injury, however, and Mayfield has another chance to run the offense in Carolina.

On Wednesday, Mayfield said that his focus is only on the 2022 Panthers and not on what will come after this season is over.

“It’s pretty important to win, since we’re still in the division race,” Mayfield said, via Darin Gantt of the team’s website. “That’s where I’m at. Not worried about anything else, it’ll take care of itself as long as I do my job, and we’ll see where it goes.”

The nice thing for Mayfield is that if he plays well enough for the Panthers to win against the Ravens this weekend and in future games, it will help his chances of staying in the mix for starting jobs beyond this season. That’s a big if based on how things played out earlier, but it’s about all Mayfield’s got at this point in the year.

6 responses to “Baker Mayfield: I’m focused on winning and nothing else

  1. The dumbest thing Baker did was deciding to play hurt last year with the Browns instead of getting his shoulder surgically repaired. If he had opted for the surgery a year ago he would still be QB1 in Cleveland. Yeah, he would likely still be a stiff, but Cleveland would have been spared the Watson freak show. Mayfield was wrong to try to play through the injury, and the Browns’ FO was wrong to allow it.

  2. I’d like to see how he’d develop with a solid coaching staff. IMO that’s what has held him back from taking that next big step

  3. bodinibrown says:
    November 17, 2022 at 7:16 am
    The dumbest thing Baker did was deciding to play hurt last year with the Browns instead of getting his shoulder surgically repaired. If he had opted for the surgery a year ago he would still be QB1 in Cleveland. Yeah, he would likely still be a stiff, but Cleveland would have been spared the Watson freak show. Mayfield was wrong to try to play through the injury, and the Browns’ FO was wrong to allow it.
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    I think you’re making a lot of assumptions here.
    There’s often so much that goes on behind the scenes that we fans never hear about, or if we do it’s long after the situation. Sure, in hindsight, surgery may have been the right decision, but was he pressured not to have it at that point? Who knows? We always need to remember that the NFL is a business and sometimes decisions are made for the wrong reasons, by both parties. And to say he would still be No 1 in Cleveland, really? He doesn’t get to decide, it’s the management and ownership who do. In the same way that it was a management and/or ownership decision to trade for DeShaun Watson. I think the only ones guilty for “the Watson Freak show” being in town is ultimately the Haslams. There were several warning signs suggesting that acquiring Watson was a bad idea, but Jimmy Haslam said they did their homework and were satisfied with what they found out. Pretty hard to blame Mayfield for the acquisition of DW in my opinion.

  4. Baker needs to accept a Chase Daniel role as a backup and make that work. He can probably stay in the league another 12 years and make some good money doing that.

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