No ‘main resolution’ on Carolina Panthers QBs Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold before second preseason recreation, coach says

SPARTANBURG, SC — The Carolina Panthers will not make what coach Matt Rhule referred to as a “main resolution” at any place, notably between quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold, till after the Aug. 19 preseason video games at New England.

Even then, Rhule won’t decide if one has not been clearly separated from the opposite after two joint practices in Foxborough, Massachusetts, and the sport.

“I’m not placing a timetable on the quarterback place till after we get again from the Patriots week,” Rhule mentioned after Saturday’s scrimmage during which neither quarterback had a decisive benefit. “The Patriots week is a real litmus check for us. That will actually present us the place the blokes are.”

Meanwhile, the Panthers might have misplaced defensive finish Marquis Haynes for an prolonged time period with a left knee harm suffered whereas working with the primary workforce. Carolina was already skinny at that place and had made a run at veteran Carlos Dunlap, who signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jason Pierre-Paul, 33, is probably the most notable free agent edge rusher obtainable. He had 9.5 sacks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 however dipped to 2.5 final season.

In phrases of the quarterbacks, Mayfield started the scrimmage working with the primary workforce in pink zone drills and was 1-for-3 on a drive that ended with a landing run by Chuba Hubbard. Darnold threw a landing cross to fullback Giovanni Ricci on his first play of pink zone drills whereas working with the second workforce.

The two took equal reps with the primary and second groups all through the two-hour apply that targeted on recreation conditions. Mayfield completed 14-for-21 with a protracted landing cross and one interception. Darnold was 20-of-28 with a landing and an interception.

Both interceptions got here with the quarterback attempting to power the ball into tight protection. Cornerback Myles Hartsfield stripped the ball off the palms of DJ Moore on a Mayfield cross that was thrown barely behind the receiver.

Rhule famous {that a} “penalty put Baker behind the chains, so he needed to power the ball behind the sector.”

Darnold was picked off by not too long ago acquired cornerback Tae Hayes close to the sideline when he tried to power a cross whereas scrambling to his proper.

Rhule mentioned it was powerful to make a right away judgment on how the quarterbacks carried out due to “a disparity between who you are taking part in with and who you are taking part in towards.”

“The disappointing factor is every man had an interception,” Rhule mentioned. “We’ve received to guard the soccer.”

Rhule was additionally upset that extensive receiver Rashard Higgins reached the ball throughout the aim line somewhat than operating into the tip zone after a reception from Mayfield. Higgins additionally did his patented celebration during which he rolls the soccer prefer it’s the pink carpet after which walks down the imaginary carpet.

The coach had the offense run after that.

“We’re not a workforce that reaches the ball throughout the aim line,” Rhule mentioned. “I advised the blokes after you rating a landing, have fun, have enjoyable, this is not a real recreation, however we’re taking part in it like a recreation. But [celebrate] in between the white traces.”

Overall, Rhule mentioned there was rather a lot to love from Mayfield and Darnold by way of explosive performs and lengthy drives. With gamers getting Sunday off, Rhule mentioned the workers will “actually dig into the tape and see who’s really mastering the offense and who’s not.”


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