College: Oklahoma | 4 years
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 215 lbs
Birth Date: 4/14/1995
2022 Bye Week: 13
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 QB
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Carolina Panthers QB Baker Mayfield will start the team's first preseason game against the Washington Commanders Saturday, Aug. 13, according to a source. He is expected to play during the first offensive series, with QB Sam Darnold taking over during the second series. However, QBs P.J. Walker and Matt Corral are slated to see the bulk of the action during the game. Head coach Matt Rhule said earlier in the week that each quarterback should see approximately six to eight plays.
Fantasy Spin: Mayfield receiving the starting nod for this game is an indication that he currently has a slight edge over Darnold for the starting quarterback job. Whichever player ultimately wins the competition should be viewed as a QB2 option for seasonal fantasy leagues.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield will make the start under center during Saturday's preseason matchup against the Washington Commanders. It sounds like Mayfield will play the first series before Sam Darnold takes over. The two of them have been splitting up the reps during training camp. Right now, it appears Mayfield has the edge over Darnold, but things can quickly change. Fantasy managers shouldn't be too interested in who wins this competition. Whoever it is will likely be a low-end QB2 most weeks anyway. It's tough to imagine either quarterback taking the next step and becoming a star this season.
Carolina Panthers QB Baker Mayfield and QB Sam Darnold will both receive playing time during the first preseason game, according to head coach Matt Rhule.
Fantasy Spin: Mayfield and Darnold have been competing for the starting job, and reports indicate that Mayfield appears to be winning the competition at this time. Fantasy players should consider the Panthers quarterback a No. 2 fantasy option no matter which one wins the job.
Carolina Panthers QB Baker Mayfield has the 'inside track' to win the starting quarterback job over QB Sam Darnold, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Fantasy Spin: This comes as zero surprise after the Panthers invested in Mayfield via trade. It also helps that Darnold was a disaster last season. Assuming he seals the deal, Mayfield will be a shaky QB2 with some upside.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield has the inside track on the starting job over Sam Darnold to open the 2022 regular season. Mayfield and Darnold opened training camp in an open competition and have been splitting first-team repetitions pretty much down the middle. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it's clear that it's Mayfield's job to lose. Darnold might be the more steady and safe option, but Mayfield has more ability and more "wow" plays. Mayfield should only gain more of an edge as he gets a better grasp of the team's playbook as well. The best-case scenario for the Panthers is if Mayfield wins the job outright. In the end, Carolina will be a defense-first team, and whoever wins the QB competition will be just a low-end QB2 for fantasy purposes.
The Carolina Panthers don't plan to name their starting quarterback until after the Friday, Aug. 19 preseason game, according to head coach Matt Rhule on Saturday, Aug. 6. The top two candidates for the job are QBs Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold.
Fantasy Spin: While general manager Scott Fitterer has called the battle an open competition in the past, it would border on shocking if Mayfield doesn't beat out Darnold, who looked broken in 2021. Assuming he wins the job, Mayfield would be a low-end QB2 with upside. If Darnold wins, we wouldn't touch him with a 10-foot pole.
Dynasty | Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield is still in a battle with Sam Darnold to be the starting quarterback. Dynasty Analysis: While most still expect Mayfield to win the job, the Panthers are taking their time in making call, even saying they won't name a starter until just before their third preseason game at the earliest. Mayfield is still clearly viewed as the frontrunner, but it's notable he didn't immediately separate himself from Darnold. Perhaps the Panthers are trying to sap what little trade value there is out there for Darnold, but this is still a position battle to watch. Mayfield comes in as our QB26 which indicates a significant fall from grace.
Carolina Panthers QB Baker Mayfield has pleased head coach Matt Rhule thus far. 'He's through the fourth install,' Rhule said. 'I'll know more next week as we get into more situations. But I couldn't be more pleased with Baker -- how much he's learned of what we've done. But there's way more to put in to kind of get through that phase.'
Fantasy Spin: It's going to take some time for Mayfield to get situated with his new team, but we fully expect the former No. 1 overall pick to beat out Sam Darnold for the starting job. Even if he does that, Mayfield is a very shaky QB2 at best and not an every-week option going into 2022.
Dynasty | Quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold are splitting first-team reps in training camp as the Panthers hold a true competition for the starting role Dynasty Analysis: The pair are alternating reps with the first team by day and it's a competition Mayfield was acquired to win. That said, Darnold will put up a fight and was actually a fair starter when the offensive line afforded him protection early in the season. Whether the line improves in 2022 will be a critical factor for whichever quarterback is under-center in week one though it will be a disappointment if Mayfield, DLF's QB26, doesn't win the job.
Dynasty | Quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield are splitting first-team reps in training camp as the Panthers hold a true competition for the starting role Dynasty Analysis: The pair are alternating reps with the first team by day and it's a competition Mayfield was acquired to win. That said, Darnold will put up a fight and was actually a fair starter when the offensive line afforded him protection early in the season. Whether the line improves in 2022 will be a critical factor for whichever quarterback is under-center in week one though it will be a disappointment if Mayfield, DLF's QB26, doesn't win the job. Darnold, DLF's QB37 is only 25 years-of-age and could still be rostered in deep roster dynasty leagues as the team's QB2 should he not win the job outright.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield made some poor decisions on the field while taking first-team repetitions at training camp practice on Thursday. Two of his first three passes in 7-on-7 drills should have been intercepted, and they were the type of mistakes the Panthers are trying to eliminate. Head coach Matt Rhule will continue flip-flopping Mayfield and Sam Darnold with the first team as they compete for the starting job this summer. Neither Mayfield nor Darnold looked good in 2021, but Mayfield was also playing injured for most of the year. The mere fact that the Panthers traded for Mayfield gives him the edge in the QB competition, but it doesn't mean he'll be a very attractive QB2 in two-QB leagues if he wins the starting job.
Carolina Panthers QB Baker Mayfield struggled in 7-on-7 drills Thursday, July 28, as two of his first three passes should have been intercepted.
Fantasy Spin: Mayfield should retain the upper hand in his battle with Sam Darnold, but he's nothing more than a QB2 in fantasy.
Carolina Panthers QBs Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield are splitting first-team reps to starting training camp, per head coach Matt Rhule. Darnold took all first-team reps on Wednesday, July 27, and Mayfield will take all first-team reps on Thursday, July 28. This approach is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
Dynasty | Head coach Matt Rhule said it will be an open quarterback battle when training camp opens on Tuesday Dynasty Analysis: Most all chips are on Baker Mayfield to win the job but Rhule is saying all the right things to keep both slingers motivated. As just one of many coaches on the hot-seat in 2022, wins and a playoff berth may be the only way to secure additional years as head coach so you can bet all eyes will be on Mayfield to see if he can add something that Sam Darnold didn't show in 2021. It will be a surprise if Mayfield doesn't come out on top. He's found as DLF's QB26 and Darnold, QB37.
Carolina Panthers QB Baker Mayfield has $3.5 million in incentives in his contract, which would make up the pay cut he agreed to as part of the Cleveland Browns trade. If Mayfield plays 75 percent of the snaps during the regular season he'll make $250,000 if the Panthers win 10 games, $500,000 if they notch a divisional round win, $500,000 for an NFC Championship Game win, and $750,000 for a Super Bowl win. Also, Mayfield can make $300,000 if he plays 75 percent of snaps and Carolina finishes top five in the NFC or top 10 in the NFL in total offense, and another $300,000 if the team ranks top five in the NFC or top 10 in the NFL in points scored. Adding to all that, Mayfield gets $300,000 if he finishes in the top five in the NFC or top 10 in the NFL in completion percentage (minimum 224 attempts), and an additional $500,000 should he make the Pro Bowl.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield received more negative press after being traded by Cleveland in early July. With former teammates calling the signal-caller "childish and immature" for various reasons, former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens came to the 2018 No. 1 overall pick's defense, stating his passion for winning is "an attribute." Nonetheless, with Mayfield now with a new team, he'll have a chance to start fresh. He's expected to battle Sam Darnold for the starting gig throughout training camp. However, considering the 27-year-old will have Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore at his disposal, assuming he starts, he has an excellent shot of turning things around in Carolina this season.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Rashard Higgins played four seasons with quarterback Baker Mayfield in Cleveland before signing a one-year deal with the Panthers in March. Higgins mostly played in the slot with the Browns and had two solid seasons with Mayfield in 2018 and 2020, when he finished with almost 600 receiving yards and four touchdowns both years. The 27-year-old isn't a lock to make the roster, but his familiarity with Mayfield should help his cause. The Panthers have DJ Moore and Robby Anderson as their top two receivers, and the team is high on Terrace Marshall Jr. after he had a strong showing in offseason practices, so Higgins still has his work cut out for him in Carolina. He's off the fantasy radar for now.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robbie Anderson replied to an Instagram post in April that mentioned the Panthers as the most likely landing spot for quarterback Baker Mayfield by saying, "Noooo." Anderson said he was defending Sam Darnold and "trying to be a good teammate to my quarterback." After Carolina traded for Mayfield last week, the pass-catcher posted: "I don't have an issue with Baker stop tryna paint that narrative." It probably won't really affect Anderson's relationship with Mayfield as his new QB, but it's something to note. The 29-year-old really struggled with Darnold in 2021, catching 53 of 110 targets for 519 yards and five touchdowns a year after posting his first 1,000-yard season. Anderson could bounce back with Mayfield under center, but he'll be considered more of a WR5/6 in deeper leagues after a rough 2021.
Carolina Panthers QBs Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold will take part in an open competition for the starting job, general manager Scott Fitterer said on Tuesday, July 12.
Fantasy Spin: While the Panthers also have QBs Matt Corral and P.J. Walker on the roster, this is really a competition between Darnold and Mayfield. Despite his joining the Panthers fairly late in the offseason, Mayfield should be considered the favorite over Darnold. If he wins the starting job, Mayfield would be a shaky QB2.
Carolina Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer said on Tuesday that the team hasn't had any talks with quarterback Baker Mayfield and his representation about a contract extension. "Our whole focus was bringing Baker in to compete with Sam Darnold," Fitterer said. "We'll take it up to training camp. That's as far as we're going to take it and we'll let it play out throughout the season." If Mayfield proves he's healthy after having surgery on his left shoulder, wins the starting job over Darnold and plays well in 2022, the Panthers could then decide to talk an extension with the former No. 1 overall pick. The 27-year-old will be in an open competition with Darnold in training camp, but unless he falls flat, the expectation is that Mayfield will be Carolina's Week 1 starter under center.