When it comes to talent, abstractions and bodies of work, Baker Mayfield has a healthy edge over Sam Darnold.
LANDOWER, MD — In one of the few opening quarterback battles this NFL preseason, the Carolina Panthers presented the first installment of Mayfield vs. Darnold — showcasing former 2018 top draft picks looking for redemption with their second pro team.
“Showdown” was more a sample, however, each played sparingly in Carolina’s 23–21 victory. A 12-play series for Baker Mayfield. Six plays on two properties for Sam Darnold. 3-for-4 success rate on third down and a field goal drive for Mayfield. A three-play, 19-yard touchdown drive first to Darnold, and then a three-and-out.