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Matt Rhule Won’t Make Decision on Panthers’ Starting QB Until After Week 2 Preseason Game Against Patriots

There won’t be a decision made as to who the Carolina Panthers’ QB1 will be this season until Week 2 of the preseason has passed, as reported by NFL.

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule noted that his team’s Aug. 19 preseason tilt against the host New England Patriots as a proving ground in the QB battle between Baker Mayfield and Sam Darnold.

“I’m not putting a timetable on the quarterback position until after we get back from the Patriots week,” Rhule said, via ESPN’s David Newton. “The Patriots week is a true litmus test for us. That will really show us where guys are.”

Darnold and Mayfield have alternated reps since the latter joined the squad via trade prior to training camp in July.

Darnold has let it be known that the two are “cool” with each other and expects the competition to bring out the best in both of them, while Mayfield has been appreciative of the transparency in the process.

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