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Panthers’ Baker Mayfield “can leave here with his head held high” when Sam Darnold starts Sunday

ByDenise T. Tatum

Nov 25, 2022

The Carolina Panthers will make another quarterback change and announce this week that Sam Darnold will take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Darnold will become the third different quarterback in as many weeks to start under center for the Panthers after Baker Mayfield got the start in Week 11 against the Baltimore Ravens.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold, #14, warms up against the Baltimore Ravens on November 20, 2022 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold, #14, warms up against the Baltimore Ravens on November 20, 2022 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
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PJ Walker started in QB in Weeks 6-10 and went 2-3 before suffering an ankle injury.

Mayfield, who defeated Darnold in training camp after being acquired in an offseason trade with the Cleveland Browns, told reporters Wednesday that his future at Carolina was bleak.

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“There’s a lot of things in the air for the future here, so I don’t really know,” Mayfield said. “I do what I can, what I can control. I know how my teammates feel about me and how I’ve handled things here. So I can walk here with my head held high and understand that I did everything I could.”

Mayfield started 1-4 in the first five games of the 2022 season for the Panthers before suffering a severe ankle sprain that caused him to miss several games.

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Baker Mayfield, #6 of the Carolina Panthers, and PJ Walker, #11 of the Carolina Panthers talk before their game against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium on November 10, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Baker Mayfield, #6 of the Carolina Panthers, and PJ Walker, #11 of the Carolina Panthers talk before their game against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium on November 10, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Against the Ravens, Mayfield threw for just 196 yards without touchdowns and was picked up twice in the fourth quarter of the 13-3 loss.

“It’s been a crazy year,” Mayfield said. “A lot of strange things are happening [at quarterback around the league]. . . . The quarterback room handled it as best they could and rolled with the punches. We only do what we are told.”

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Darnold missed the first 10 weeks of the season with an ankle sprain of his own after starting in 11 games last year.

Baker Mayfield, #6 of the Carolina Panthers throws the ball before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Baltimore.

Baker Mayfield, #6 of the Carolina Panthers throws the ball before the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 20, 2022 in Baltimore.
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“I’m just looking forward to playing football,” Darnold said, according to The Charlotte Observer. “I’m looking forward to going out there and playing with the boys. The biggest thing for me is to play consistently and take what they give me. I think that’s going to be sort of the story of the day on Sunday.” and I’m looking forward to getting out there and doing whatever it takes to help this team win.”

It’s been a tumultuous season for the Panthers, who fired head coach Matt Rhule after five regular-season games.

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