Should Panthers put extra stress on Baker Mayfield?

The Carolina Panthers are within the midst of a quarterback battle. All indicators, although, level to Baker Mayfield being their starter, not Sam Darnold

Mayfield took reps with the highest offensive unit within the Panthers’ preseason opener in opposition to the Washington Commanders. He has additionally taken the vast majority of the snaps with the offensive starters throughout coaching camp practices up to now. 

Emmanuel Acho is not certain the Panthers are taking the appropriate method, and he in contrast Mayfield to a sure superhero in explaining why. 

“Baker Mayfield’s like the Incredible Hulk,” Acho mentioned on Tuesday’s “Speak For Yourself.” “When the Incredible Hulk’s stressed, he activates a superpower. In the same breath, when Baker Mayfield’s challenged, it activates his superpower.”

Acho cited virtually each season of Mayfield’s profession relationship again to when he was a freshman in school and gained the beginning quarterback job at Texas Tech as a walk-on. Acho used Mayfield’s time at Oklahoma, the place he needed to win the beginning job as a walk-on earlier than successful the Heisman as extra proof.

Within the NFL, Acho pointed to Mayfield’s rookie and third seasons with the Cleveland Browns as much more poof that he thrives when challenged. Mayfield needed to beat out Tyrod Taylor to earn the beginning job as a rookie, and in his third season, he needed to show himself after a disappointing second yr. 

Acho believes that Mayfield wasn’t challenged sufficient in his second and fourth seasons with the Browns, which each led to dropping seasons. Acho thinks that Carolina could also be making the identical mistake. 

“Now, enter the Carolina Panthers,” Acho mentioned. “Please challenge Baker Mayfield so we can see the Incredible Hulk. They don’t. They hand him the job, seemingly.”

Pleasure Taylor took a distinct method. She did not argue if the Panthers are taking the appropriate or incorrect method. Somewhat, she believes that Mayfield wants to alter his method.

“I really can’t get into somebody that I have to play mind games with to do their job,” Taylor mentioned. “You know what your motivation is? It’s that check you get every two weeks. Nobody needs to tell me to go work at my job because I get paid to do my job, so therefore, I’m going to do my job. That’s how I’m wired. And that’s how I want my quarterback to be wired.”

The upcoming season is a vital one for Mayfield. He is within the closing season of his rookie deal and was traded for only a fifth-round conditional decide in July, suggesting that he would possibly must show he is starter materials this season. 

Taylor needs Mayfield to drop his “underdog” mindset as a result of he already has to show sufficient as it’s.

“The challenge is you’re an NFL quarterback,” Taylor mentioned. “That is an extremely competitive position. There are not a lot of those jobs in the world. That should be your motivation already. 

“I hear you, however you’re a No. 1 general decide. You have been the Heisman Trophy winner. You are not an underdog anymore, my man! You’ve got arrived. You’ve got 47 Progressive commercials, we get it. So, the entire underdog factor to me will get drained.” 

The Panthers face the New England Patriots in their second preseason game on Friday, and Carolina coach Matt Rhule implied that he’ll make a decision on who’ll be the starter after that.

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