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Carolina Panthers Officially Announce 2022 Starting Quarterback Decision

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The Carolina Panthers have been conducting a quarterback competition ahead of the 2022 season. Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold have battled all preseason, but just one can be named starting quarterback. Baker Mayfield has won the job. 

The Carolina Panthers announced this Monday afternoon that Baker Mayfield will be the team's starting quarterback during the 2022 season. He beats out Darnold for the starting position. 

"When we started this process, we were looking at three things," Rhule said, via the team's website. "Number one, mastery of the offense, number two, situational football excellence, and number three, moving the ball and getting guys involved. That's been our focus all along.

"Baker has made a lot of improvement, a lot of growth in all three areas in a short amount of time."

The Panthers acquired Baker Mayfield in a trade with the Cleveland Browns during the off-season. Once they did, it was practically a foregone conclusion he would win the starting job. Now that's a reality. 

With that being said, the Panthers' quarterback room as a whole is in good shape. Darnold, despite his limits, is one of the most experienced backups in the NFL. 

"All along, we've felt like we need to have a really strong quarterback room, and have every quarterback ready to play," Rhule said. "The reality of this league is most teams will play multiple quarterbacks. Sam has worked incredibly hard, played really well for us during training camp, and will be ready to go if and when it's needed."

Mayfield will make his official Panthers debut on Sept. 11 against his former team, the Cleveland Browns. Jacoby Brissett is expected to start for the AFC North franchise until Deshaun Watson returns from his 11-game suspension.