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“Baker is Hurt And Darnold Stinks”- PJ Walker’s Ultimate Cinderella Story from XFL to NFL Means Two Top Picks Are Out Yet Again

Published 10/26/2022, 9:45 AM EDT

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This past Sunday, Panthers’ backup quarterback PJ Walker had one of the best games this season against Tom Brady and the Bucs. Panthers’ interim coach, Steve Wilks, left out no.1 quarterback Baker Mayfield owing to an ankle injury. Relacing Mayfield in the team, Walker played brilliantly and won the game for his team.

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Meanwhile, after seeing Walker’s performance, Wilks promoted him to the no.1 quarterback spot ahead of two top 10 draft picks, Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold. This news has spread on social media like wildfire and fans think Mayfield’s career might be over in the Panthers’ team after that snub.


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Fans react after PJ Walker gets promoted ahead of Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold

Earlier, NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Steve Wilks will play PJ Walker against the Falcons next Sunday even if both Mayfield and Darnold are healthy. As per the coach, Walker has earned this opportunity after having a terrific game against the Bucs.

On the other hand, many fans took to Twitter to congratulate Walker; at the same time, they also did not forget to take a dig against Mayfield.


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One fan wasn’t afraid to write his opinion on Twitter.

Another fan shared a hilarious meme, showing the current situation of Mayfield.

One Twitter user also shared a hilarious meme of Walker wearing a chef’s hat.

Meanwhile, one fan blamed the coaching unit for not starting Walker soon enough.

One particular fan who was not a fan of Walker certainly became a fan.

On the other hand, a fan on Twitter thinks that Mayfield’s career may be over after this.

Another fan expressed the same sentiment.

One fan took a dig at Mayfield for getting outplayed by a former XFL quarterback.

Whereas, one Twitter user pointed out that both Mayfield and Darnold were top 10 picks, and getting snubbed like that could be demoralizing.


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It is worth noting that the Cleveland Browns picked Mayfield as no.1 overall in the 2018 NFL draft; as for Darnold, the New York Jets picked him third overall in the 2018 draft. This offseason, the Browns traded Mayfield to the Panthers for a fifth-round draft pick. Since the trade, he has not performed particularly well.


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As for Walker, he showed his true talent against the Bucs in a 21-3 victory at the Bank of America Stadium. In that game, he threw 177 yards for 2 touchdowns and also with no interceptions. Next Sunday, the Panthers will play the Falcons; it will be interesting to see if the QB can continue his magic in that game as well

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Debkinkar Maity


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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis & NFL Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.
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Gurjyot Singh Dadial