Baker Mayfield and the Carolina Panthers have not had a good start to the season. Mayfield has struggled to adapt to the Panthers offense, and the Panthers have struggled to consistently move the ball as a result. This has seen the Panthers emerge with a 1-3 record through four games, with multiple ugly outings on offense in tow.
There are a lot of problems that the Panthers are currently dealing with on offense. One of the most noteworthy, though, involves Mayfield getting his passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. It’s been a problem through each of the first four games of the season, and Mayfield now leads the league with 10 passes batted down at the line of scrimmage this season. Mayfield hasn’t seemed too concerned with this issue, and offered this response on the issue after Week 2.
Following the Panthers Week Two loss to the NY Giants, I asked Baker Mayfield about his batted passes. He called it an “overcomplicated question that everyone keeps asking” and added that they happen all the time.
He leads the league in batted passes this season (10). pic.twitter.com/quFrQ7vrIQ
— Sheena Quick (@Sheena_Marie3) October 3, 2022
It’s worth noting that this quote is from after the Panthers Week 2 loss to the New York Giants, so it’s not exactly a fresh quote per se. But it’s still relevant considering the issue hasn’t gone away and has continued to plague Mayfield. Two games is a bit early to make conclusions, but through four games, it’s becoming very noteworthy that Mayfield is having so many passes batted down at the line of scrimmage.
Mayfield largely ignored this question two weeks ago, but he can’t really afford to do that anymore. It’s clear this is a big issue in a Panthers offense that is filled with many issues right now. Whether Baker Mayfield can work on eliminating these wasted throws could play a big role in solving Carolina’s offensive struggles, and it will be interesting to see how he responds to this issue moving forward in Week 5.