Baker Mayfield is now a QB2.
The former Heisman winner will remain as the team’s backup quarterback to newly-named starter PJ Walker, who led the Panthers to a win over the Tampa Bay Bucs in his first start of the season. Baker is 100% healthy so it’s not about him being injured, rather he’s just been relegated to backup status. Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Mayfield talked about what’s going on now that hes serving as a backup for the first time in his NFL career.
“It’s one of those things. It’s one of those new things. You just have to roll with the punches. It’s not my plan, obviously. I’m a competitor, but I’m rolling with the punches to help this team out in any way I can,” Baker Mayfield told the media on Thursday.
“I came here to win. If it’s my role to help PJ out from the sideline and help this defense out with scout team stuff, I’m gonna do it. And I’m gonna do it with everything I can.
Panthers QB Baker Mayfield when asked if he wants to be traded: "I want to be here. I have spent enough time with these guys that I want to be here. If that's out of my control, it's out of my control. But just roll with the punches."
— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) October 27, 2022
Following the Bucs’ brutal Thursday Night Football loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Panthers are actually just one game behind them heading into a winnable matchup against the Atlanta Falcons this weekend.
Unfortunately for Baker Mayfield, after being shipped out of town by the Cleveland Browns and now being benched by the team that traded for him, Mayfield very well could be a backup QB for the rest of his career. It’s not all that bad, backup QB’s make pretty good money in the NFL.
Baker Mayfield has gone from pulling the Browns out of mediocrity to not being able to start on the Panthers.
Life comes at you fast.
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