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Darnold on Losing Panthers QB Job

Sam Darnold Reacts to Baker Mayfield Being Named Panthers’ Starting QB

Sam Darnold’s time as the Panthers starting quarterback officially ended Monday, as the team announced Baker Mayfield as QB1 to open the 2022 season.

After entering training camp as the incumbent starter, Darnold, who landed in Carolina via trade from the Jets last offseason

ultimately lost the job to Mayfield roughly a month and a half after the club acquired the former Browns QB.

During a media session with reporters following the announcement Monday, Darnold expressed his desire to help Mayfield in any way he can going forward.

“My mindset is it is what it is,” Darnold said. “And for me, right now, I’m going to do everything I can to support Baker and get him ready to play a game.”

The Panthers’ QB competition marked the first time the former USC star has had to compete for a starting spot since he was drafted No. 3 overall by the Jets in 2018.

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