Quarterback Baker Mayfield has officially been named the week 1 starter for the Carolina Panthers.
Head Coach Matt Rhule made the announcement Monday, saying that training camp quarterback competition focused on mastery of the offense, situational football excellence, and ball movement.
“Baker has made a lot of improvement, a lot of growth in all three areas in a short amount of time,” Rhule said.
The Panthers will play Mayfield’s former team, the Cleveland Browns, in their season opener on Sept. 11.
Side note ???? – This will be the second consecutive year a Panthers’ starting quarterback has played his former team in a season opener. (Last year’s starting QB, Sam Darnold, defeated the New York Jets, 19-14.)