Baker Mayfield impressing Carolina Panthers OC Ben McAdoo, as soon as considered one of QB’s greatest critics

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo wasn’t as crucial of quarterback Baker Mayfield on Tuesday as he was in 2018, when he expressed considerations over the Heisman Trophy winner’s peak, hand dimension and magnificence of play heading into the NFL draft.

Mayfield appears to have gained over considered one of his most well-known critics.

“Baker since he’s been here in the last two weeks, it’s been pretty impressive,” stated McAdoo, talking for the primary time on the previous Cleveland Browns starter for the reason that Panthers acquired him in a commerce final month.

McAdoo did not present his hand on who will win the “open” competitors between Mayfield and Sam Darnold, however for the second time in two days, a Panthers official used the phrase “impressive” to explain Mayfield.

“What he’s done in 10 days [of camp] is pretty impressive,” coach Matt Rhule stated on Monday. “He’s making real big jumps.”

In a 2018 article in The New York Instances, McAdoo rated Josh Allen the highest quarterback earlier than the draft, adopted by Lamar Jackson, Darnold, Josh Rosen, Mason Rudolph and Mayfield.

Mayfield went No. 1 to the Browns and Darnold No. 3 to the New York Jets.

McAdoo’s evaluation of Mayfield popping out of Oklahoma was blended. He was nervous specifically about Mayfield’s peak (6-foot-1) and small fingers — 8.5 inches, the identical initially as 2022 first-round decide Kenny Pickett, whose hand dimension was scrutinized closely heading into the draft.

“He’s got an edge to him; I like that,” McAdoo stated of Mayfield in 2018. “He’s gonna lead, they’re gonna follow him. I didn’t see a lot of pro-style football in his college tape. And if you’re short, you have to be able to make up for it some way, somehow, and personality doesn’t do that.

“I did not assume he was an incredible athlete. This man is kinda like a pocket quarterback that’s brief and with small fingers, that is what I fear about.”

McAdoo expressed none of those concerns on Tuesday. That Mayfield had three passes knocked down at the line in Monday’s practice, he said, had nothing to do with height.

He couldn’t say enough about Mayfield’s leadership.

“One in all his strengths is command,” McAdoo said. “He can lead a room, he can command a room, he can command an offense. He has a very good presence about him. And, you already know, he is bought a fireplace in his guts.”

McAdoo also likes that Mayfield has adjusted to his system with little difficulty.

“The factor for Baker, he is been in loads of offensive programs going again to school after which coming via the professionals,” McAdoo said. “He is brilliant and he actually works at it. That helps him. He is right here very early within the morning, and I am positive he is burning the midnight oil to get caught up.”