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Baker Mayfield speaks out after Panthers’ decision to start Sam Darnold

The Carolina Panthers will make another quarterback change, announcing this week that Sam Darnold will start against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

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

PJ Walker started at 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 in Carolina is murky.

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

Mayfield started the first five games of the 2022 season for the Panthers, going 1-4 before suffering a high ankle sprain that saw him miss several games.

Baker Mayfield said his future with the Panthers is uncertain.
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Against the Ravens, Mayfield threw for just 196 yards with no touchdowns, and was picked 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 pretty much handled it the best way possible, rolling with the punches. We just do what we’re told.”

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

Darnold was defeated by Mayfield during training camp.

Sam Darnold will be the Panthers’ third quarterback this season.


Walker led the Panthers 2-3 at QB.

PJ Walker started for Carolina before getting injured.


“I’m just excited to play football,” Darnold said, according to The Charlotte Observer. “I’m excited to be able to go out and play with the boys. The most important thing for me is to play consistently and take what they give me. I think that will be kind of the story of the day on Sunday, and I’m looking forward to getting out there and doing what I can to help this team win.

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

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