No ‘main resolution’ on Carolina Panthers QBs Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold earlier than second preseason sport, coach says

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The Carolina Panthers will not make what coach Matt Rhule referred to as a “major decision” on any place, significantly between quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold, till after the Aug. 19 preseason sport at New England.

Even then, Rhule may not decide if one hasn’t clearly separated from the opposite after two joint practices in Foxborough, Massachusetts, and the sport.

“I’m not putting a timetable on the quarterback position until after we get back from the Patriots week,” Rhule mentioned after Saturday’s scrimmage wherein neither quarterback had a decisive benefit. “The Patriots week is a true litmus test for us. That will really show us where guys are.”

In the meantime, the Panthers might have misplaced defensive finish Marquis Haynes for an prolonged time frame with a left knee damage suffered whereas working with the primary staff. Carolina already was skinny at that place and had made a run at veteran Carlos Dunlap, who signed with the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.

Jason Pierre-Paul, 33, is probably the most notable free agent edge rusher obtainable. He had 9.5 sacks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 however dipped to 2.5 final season.

By way of the quarterbacks, Mayfield started the scrimmage working with the primary staff in purple zone drills and was 1-for-3 on a drive that ended with a landing run by Chuba Hubbard. Darnold threw a landing move to fullback Giovanni Ricci on his first play of purple zone drills whereas working with the second staff.

The 2 took equal reps with the primary and second groups all through the two-hour follow that centered on sport conditions. Mayfield completed 14-for-21 with a protracted landing move and one interception. Darnold was 20-of-28 with a landing and an interception.

Each interceptions got here with the quarterback attempting to drive the ball into tight protection. Cornerback Myles Hartsfield stripped the ball off the arms of DJ Moore on a Mayfield move that was thrown barely behind the receiver.

Rhule famous {that a} “penalty put Baker behind the chains, so he had to force the ball behind the field.”

Darnold was picked off by lately acquired cornerback Tae Hayes close to the sideline when he tried to drive a move whereas scrambling to his proper.

Rhule mentioned it was powerful to make an instantaneous judgment on how the quarterbacks carried out due to “a disparity between who you’re playing with and who you’re playing against.”

“The disappointing thing is each guy had an interception,” Rhule mentioned. “We’ve got to protect the football.”

Rhule additionally was disillusioned that huge receiver Rashard Higgins reached the ball throughout the aim line fairly than operating into the top zone after a reception from Mayfield. Higgins additionally did his patented celebration wherein he rolls the soccer prefer it’s the purple carpet after which walks down the imaginary carpet.

The coach had the offense run after that.

“We’re not a team that reaches the ball across the goal line,” Rhule mentioned. “I told the guys after you score a touchdown, celebrate, have fun, this isn’t a true game, but we’re playing it like a game. But [celebrate] in between the white lines.”

General, Rhule mentioned there was lots to love from Mayfield and Darnold when it comes to explosive performs and lengthy drives. With gamers getting Sunday off, Rhule mentioned the employees will “really dig into the tape and see who’s truly mastering the offense and who’s not.”