The Panthers will reportedly name Baker Mayfield the starting quarterback at some point. That point wasn’t after last night’s preseason game against the Patriots.
“Not yet,” Rhule told reporters when asked if he was ready to name a starting quarterback. “You know, right now I’m not prepared for anything other than watching this video. Like I’ve been saying all along, if we know, we know, and we’ll announce something when it’s right.”
The time is obviously coming. The Panthers welcome the Browns in 22 days.
Neither Mayfield nor Sam Darnold played last night, so the Patriots game tape is irrelevant to the rating. Instead, PJ Walker started and returned after rookie Matt Corral left with a foot injury.
“Some didn’t play and these guys [Mayfield and Darnold] They’re both competing for the A’s, so we wanted to make sure they had a chance,” Rhule said. “We didn’t want to put one or two guys out there and play them behind the second offensive line.”
So it sounds like the competition isn’t technically over yet. Even if it is supposed to be so from a practical point of view.