No ‘major decision’ on Carolina Panthers QBs Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold before pre-season 2 game, coach says

Spartanburg, Carolina Panthers – The Carolina Panthers will not make what coach Matt Ruhl called a “major decision” on any position, particularly the battle between their quarterbacks. Baker Mayfield And the Sam Darnoldeven after the August 19 pre-season game in New England.

Until then, Rhule may not be declared a winner if one does not clearly separate from the other after two joint trainings at Foxborough, Massachusetts, and the game.

“I won’t schedule a quarterback until after we get back from Patriots week,” Ruhl said after Saturday’s brawl in which none of the mediators had a decisive advantage. “Patriots week is a real test for us. It will really show us where the men are.”

Meanwhile, the Panthers might have lost their defensive end Marquis Heinz For a long time with a left knee injury while working with the first team. Carolina was already weak in this position and she has successfully worked with the veteran Carlos Dunlapsigned with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jason Pierre Paul, 33, is the most popular free agent payment tool available. He had 9.5 sacks in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020 but dropped to 2.5 last season.

In terms of midfielders, Mayfield started the scrimmage working with the first team in red zone drills and was 1 vs 3 on a drive that ended with a touchdown triggered by Chuba Hubbard. Darnold threw a touchdown pass to the full back Giovanni Ricci In his first play in the red zone training while working with the second team.

The two took on equal reps with teams one and two throughout the two-hour training period that focused on game situations. Mayfield finished 14 to 21 with a long pass to the touch and one interception. Darnold was 20 from 28 with a touchdown and an interception.

Both objections came with the midfielder trying to force the ball into a tight cover. back corner Miles Hartsfield Take the ball out of the hands DJ More On the Mayfield lane thrown slightly behind the receiver.

“The penalty kick put Baker behind the chains, so he had to push the ball behind the court,” Rolle noted.

Darnold was selected by recently acquired Cornerback Tai Hayes near the touchline when he tried to pass the ball by force while shoving to his right.

Rhule said it was difficult to make an immediate judgment on the performance of the midfielders due to “the disparity between who you play with and who you play against.”

“The disappointing thing is that everyone got in the way,” said Ruhl. “We have to protect football.”

Rhule also disappointed that wide receiver Richard Higgins The ball reached across the goal line instead of running into the end zone after a reception from Mayfield. Higgins also did his patented celebration where he rolled a soccer ball as if it were the red carpet and then walked the fairy carpet.

The coach then attacked.

“We are not a team that gets the ball across the goal line,” said Rolle. “I told the players after you scored a goal, celebrate, have fun, this is not a real game, but we play it like a game. But [celebrate] between the white lines.

Overall, Rhule said there’s a lot to like about Mayfield and Darnold in terms of explosive plays and long drives. With the players out on Sunday, Rolle said the staff will “really look at the bar and see who’s mastered attacking and who’s not.”