Carolina Panthers’ Baker Mayfield is Sam Darnold’s answer for QB

LANDOVER, Md. — In one of the few starting quarterback battles this NFL preseason, the Carolina Panthers featured the first episode of Mayfield vs. Darnold — the showdown of former 2018 top draft picks seeking of redemption with their second professional team.

The “showdown” was more of a sampling, however, as each played sparingly in Carolina’s 23-21 win. A series of 12 pieces for Baker Mayfield. Six games on two possessions for Sam Darnold. A 3-for-4 success rate on third downs and a field goal for Mayfield. A touchdown on three plays and 19 yards first for Darnold, and a three and one out after that.

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