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Selection Comment - Pick #5

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Will Anderson Jr.



It's OFFICIALLY Baker Mayfield season in Carolina!

Much has been made about a QB battle at Panthers training camp between Baker Mayfield & Sam Darnold in recent days. Let's make something clear, there is no competition! Now that Baker has had time to get on the same page as stud receivers DJ Moore and Robbie Anderson, Baker is FAR and away the better QB of the two. What makes matters worse for Sam Darnold, is that rookie 3rd RD QB Matt Corral is already starting to make splashes! So much so that the rookie is already getting second-team reps.

It's certainly a do-or-die year for Panthers head coach Matt Rhule, who has failed to obtain more than 6 wins in a season the last 2 years in a row. Much of this was due to injuries sustained by bell-cow RB Christian McCaffrey who faced season-ending injuries in as many years. A QB with a chip on his shoulder like Baker Mayfield paired with an aggressive young defense, and the Panthers could very easily compete in the NFC South in 2023!

Don't forget to check out the C3 Carolina Cat Chronicles podcast Tuesday nights at 9 PM and 30 minutes after every game to hear us discuss all the latest in Panther Nation!

- Cody Lachney, Panthers Analyst

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