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Panthers’ Baker Mayfield can ‘go away right here with my head held excessive’ as Sam Darnold set to begin Sunday

The Carolina Panthers will once more make a quarterback change, saying this week that Sam Darnold will begin on Sunday towards the Denver Broncos. 

Darnold would be the third completely different quarterback in as many weeks to begin underneath heart for the Panthers, after Baker Mayfield getting the beginning in Week 11 towards the Baltimore Ravens.

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

Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold, #14, warms up towards the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on Nov. 20, 2022 in Baltimore.
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PJ Walker began at QB in Weeks 6-10, going 2-3 earlier than struggling an ankle harm. 

Mayfield, who beat out Darnold in coaching camp after being acquired in an offseason commerce with the Cleveland Browns, advised reporters on Wednesday that his future in Carolina is murky. 

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“There’s a whole lot of issues up within the air for the longer term right here, so I don’t actually know,’’ Mayfield mentioned. “I’m doing what I can, what I can management. I understand how my teammates really feel about me and the way I’ve dealt with issues right here. So, I can go away right here with my head held excessive and perceive that I did all the pieces I might.’’

Mayfield began the primary 5 video games of the 2022 season for the Panthers, going 1-4 earlier than struggling a excessive ankle sprain, inflicting him to overlook a number of video 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 Nov. 10, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Baker Mayfield, #6 of the Carolina Panthers, and PJ Walker, #11 of the Carolina Panthers, discuss earlier than their recreation towards the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium on Nov. 10, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
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Against the Ravens, Mayfield threw for simply 196 yards with no touchdowns, being picked off twice within the fourth quarter of the 13-3 loss. 

“It is a loopy yr,’’ Mayfield mentioned. “There’s a whole lot of unusual issues taking place [at quarterback around the league]. . . . The quarterback room has just about dealt with it in one of the simplest ways attainable, rolling with the punches. We’re simply doing what we’re advised.’’

Darnold missed the primary 10 weeks of the season with an ankle sprain of his personal after beginning in 11 video games final yr. 

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

Baker Mayfield, #6 of the Carolina Panthers, throws the ball earlier than the sport towards the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on Nov. 20, 2022 in Baltimore.
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“I’m simply excited to play soccer,” Darnold mentioned, in response to The Charlotte Observer. “I’m excited to have the ability to go on the market and play with the blokes. The largest factor for me is taking part in constant, and taking what they provide me. I believe that’ll form of be the story of the day on Sunday, and I’m excited to go on the market and do what I can to assist this workforce win.”

It has a tumultuous season for the Panthers, who fired head coach Matt Rhule 5 video games into the common season. 

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