Carolina Panthers General Manager, Scott Fitterer to swear earlier this month, the club will host an open quarterfinal match in the summer between Week 1 2021 starter Sam Darnold and 2018 first draft overall picker Baker Mayfield, who has buying from the Cleveland Browns shortly after the 4th of July vacation.
Darnold, who may have upper hand in the upcoming battle if only because he’s been with the Panthers since spring 2021, spoke to reporters on Tuesday and made it clear that he and his new teammates are not personal opponents.
“Me and Baker are great,” explains Darnold, Michael David Smith by Pro Football Talk and Kevin Patra of the tournament’s website. “When things start to work out in training camp, that’s going to be fun. We’ll be able to compete and have fun with it. But in the end it’s a business and we both try to do it. We take it very seriously and what we do. So it’s going to be very serious when that time comes to play. But off the pitch and all that, Baker and I are really cool.”
Based on David Newton of ESPN, Panthers head coach Matt Rhule offered no timetable for when he could name his QB1 between Darnold and Mayfield. Darnold seems to admit that he understands Mayfield went to training camp and assumes he will win the starting gig when all is said and done.
Darnold added on two signal callers atop the Carolina depth chart. “And that’s how we’re both going to watch it. So it’s just going to be out there and competing, and that’s going to be fun.”
Its believe Darnold won’t be immediately available to trade even if he loses the competition to Mayfield on the last day of August.