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“I Came Here To Win”: Baker Mayfield Breaks Silence on His NFL Future After Being Snubbed as QB1 by Carolina Panthers

Published 11/02/2022, 8:30 PM EDT

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Baker Mayfield does not have it easy this season. The number one pick in the 2018 draft has faced injuries and has been struggling with performance issues.

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Even though the quarterback has recovered from injury, he has accepted his demotion to the role of backup quarterback. From overall number-one pick to a backup quarterback, Baker Mayfield is definitely not living the dream.


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Baker Mayfield speaks about relinquishing his role

PJ Walker took Mayfield’s place in their game against the Atlanta Falcons. Mayfield stated that he’s a competitor and will help the team out in whatever way possible.

Speaking to ESPN, Mayfield said, “I came here to win. If it’s my role to help PJ out from the sideline and help this defense out with scout team stuff, I’m gonna do it. And I’m gonna do it with everything I can.” 


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Mayfield reiterated his stance in helping the team, even if is from the sidelines.

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The former Browns’ starting quarterback also expressed that he does not want to get traded because he has spent time with the Panthers. The Panthers are currently sitting at the bottom of the NFC South trailing the Falcons, Buccaneers and Saints.

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Although the Panthers have had more wins than losses for the majority of the season so far, their defeat against the Falcons probably stung too hard. Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota was able to throw three touchdown passes against the Falcons.


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What will happen to the Panthers this season?

In the eighth week of the season, the Panthers are at 2-6. With an uncertain Mayfield situation, the Panthers will have to sort out their offensive situation. Although they looked marginally better against the Falcons, the team will have to win more games. Their surprise victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a shock to everyone in the NFL world. Panthers fans will hope for more such pleasant surprises in the upcoming games.


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They are to face Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals who are currently at 4-4, in their next bout.

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Anika Gomez


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Anika Gomez is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. She holds a degree in Journalism, Psychology, and Communicative English from the National School of Journalism and Public Discourse. Anika loves American Football, Formula 1, Basketball, and Tennis.
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