All offseason, Matt Rhule paired Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold in a quarterback competition. That didn't last long. Rhule named Mayfield the Carolina Panthers' starting quarterback for the 2022 season. That won't be the only title the veteran quarterback has this fall.
The Carolina Panthers unveiled their team captains for the 2022 season this Thursday afternoon. Baker Mayfield is one of them; a clear sign of trust from his new teammates in Carolina.
"Running back Christian McCaffrey leads the group of eight players, making this his fourth year with a C on his jersey," the team announced. "Likewise, linebacker Shaq Thompson's a captain for the third year, as the two veterans have led their respective sides of the ball throughout the offseason. Offensive tackle Taylor Moton, cornerback Donte Jackson, defensive end Brian Burns, and long snapper JJ Jansen are returning as captains for the second straight year. Safety Jeremy Chinn and quarterback Baker Mayfield round out the list as first-time team captains here, which was voted on by players."
Baker Mayfield has significant pressure to win right away in Carolina. With that being said, expectations aren't necessarily high.
The Panthers begin the season this Sunday against Mayfield's former team, the Cleveland Browns.