CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield is taken into account quick by league requirements for his place. Mayfield is listed at 6’1, however on the 2018 NFL mix was formally 6 ft and 5/8ths inches.
However he wasn’t quick on jokes Wednesday when requested what he may do to keep away from having 4 passes batted down on the line of scrimmage as he did in Sunday’s 26-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
“Well, an inverted table a little bit, stretch out, get taller … thanks mom and dad,” Mayfield deadpanned.
Seriously, this is a problem.
Mayfield has had nine passes batted down at the line in his last two starts. He had five swatted away by the Pittsburgh Steelers in his last start for the Browns in January before sitting out the season finale.
His 48 passes batted down at the line are the most in the NFL since Cleveland made him the top pick of the 2018 draft. Next is Indianapolis’ Matt Ryan.
Ryan is 6’4″, so possibly the difficulty is not top in a league the place the common for quarterbacks is 6’3″.
Still, on a per-pass level, Mayfield’s 2.46 percent passes batted down mark is the second-highest rate in the league among the 30 quarterbacks that have attempted at least 1,000 passes since 2018. The only quarterback with a higher percentage over that span is 6’5″ Cam Newton at 2.56 %.
By way of most passes batted down per sport, Mayfield’s 1.04 common is the fifth highest since 2018 behind Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins (6’3″), Ryan and Arizona’s Kyler Murray (5’10”).
“It comes down to finding windows,” Mayfield said. “I understand how these guys are making ready in that constructing [in Cleveland], how they see the footwork they cease and get their palms up.
“It’s also maybe being on the same page with our O-line. Getting their heads down, finding windows, because every once in a while things are going to happen and I’m going to have to find a lane.”
That was pretty much what coach Matt Rhule suggested had to happen before Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
“Our line needed to do an incredible job of driving out, ensuring the pocket is mostly a agency pocket,” he stated. “That’s a huge challenge this week. Baker has to do a great job of sliding, finding windows when they’re open.
“As the sport went on we acquired extra comfy. One in all them even occurred on a unadorned [bootleg]. We really feel actually good concerning the path Baker and the offensive line, that relationship they’ve within the pocket collectively goes. We simply technically want to enhance.”
Since Mayfield is not going to get taller, they will should.