The Panthers won’t be choosing between Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield as QB1s for at least another two weeks.

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Carolina Panthers give their top two quarterbacks enough time to win a spot in the starting lineup.

Head coach Matt Rule told reporters after Saturday’s Panthers showdown that the decision between Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield won’t come, at least not after they’ve played two preseason games.

Sam Darnold (14) and Baker Mayfield (6) of the Carolina Panthers during a training camp at Wofford College on August 1.  2, 2022, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Sam Darnold (14) and Baker Mayfield (6) of the Carolina Panthers during a training camp at Wofford College on August 1. 2, 2022, Spartanburg, South Carolina
(Jared S. Tilton/Getty Images)

“I won’t be scheduling the quarterback until we get back from [New England] Patriots week,” Rule said via ESPN.

“Patriots Week is a real litmus test for us. She will really show us where the guys are.”

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Mayfield started the scrimmage with the first team, but each QB did the same number of reps with the first and second team players. Mayfield won 14 of 21 with a touchdown and an interception, while Darnold completed 20 of 28 passes with a score and a pick.

Rule said that with the team on Sunday, the coaches are going to “really get into the record and see who really masters offense and who doesn’t.”

Sam Darnold (14) and Baker Mayfield (6) of the Carolina Panthers during a training camp at Wofford College on August 1.  2, 2022, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Sam Darnold (14) and Baker Mayfield (6) of the Carolina Panthers during a training camp at Wofford College on August 1. 2, 2022, Spartanburg, South Carolina
(Jared S. Tilton/Getty Images)

BROWNS AGREES TO EXCHANGE BAKER MAYFIELD FOR PANTHERS

Last year, the Panthers traded Darnold to the New York Jets, sacrificing a hefty catch to get him. Carolina turned down a 2021 sixth round, 2022 second round and 2022 fourth round pick last April.

Darnold beat his former team in the first week of last season to start 3-1 with nearly 1,200 yards and five touchdowns. However, in his final eight, he threw just four touchdowns and was hit 10 times for just 1,338 passing yards.

Baker Mayfield (6) of the Cleveland Browns congratulates Sam Darnold (14) of the New York Jets after the Jets defeated the Browns 23-16 at Metlife Stadium in December.  January 27, 2020 East Rutherford, New Jersey

Baker Mayfield (6) of the Cleveland Browns congratulates Sam Darnold (14) of the New York Jets after the Jets defeated the Browns 23-16 at Metlife Stadium in December. January 27, 2020 East Rutherford, New Jersey
(Sarah Steer/Getty Images)

As for Mayfield, he was acquired by the Panthers this offseason after being traded to the Cleveland Browns. Deshawn Watson. Last season, Mayfield missed 20 touchdowns for the first time and barely passed 3,000 yards. His 3,010 passing yards was by far a career low. The Panthers waived Mayfield’s conditional fifth-round pick in 2024.

The Panthers have given up four draft picks for two QBs in two offseasons, and they don’t know who will start.

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Mayfield was the first choice 2018 NFL Draftand Darnold was selected two picks later.