Rhule: Panthers won’t make QB decision before 2nd preseason game

Posted: 07/08/2022 in NFL
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Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said the team won’t make a “major decision” on any position – especially Carolina’s quarterback competition – until after its Aug. 19 preseason game against the New England Patriots.

“The Patriots week is a true litmus test for us,” Rhule said, according to ESPN’s David Newton. “That will really show us where guys are.”

Additionally, Rhule hasn’t ruled out delaying a decision between signal-callers Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield if neither passer has separated himself following the New England contest.

Mayfield began the team’s scrimmage Saturday with the first-team offense. However, both Mayfield and Darnold received equal reps with the first- and second-team units throughout practice. Those snaps included an interception from each passer, which displeased Rhule.

“We’ve got to protect the football,” the Panthers coach said.

Despite the turnovers, Rhule said both veteran quarterbacks did well overall in making explosive plays and orchestrating long drives.

Darnold began last season as Carolina’s starter after the team acquired him in a trade with the New York Jets. He posted a 4-7 record in 2021 across 11 starts.

The Panthers acquired Mayfield in July from the Cleveland Browns. He was inconsistent during his first four seasons in the league, although he threw for 14,125 yards, 92 touchdowns, and 56 interceptions.

Matt Corral and P.J. Walker also round out Carolina’s quarterback position.

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