Baker Mayfield has officially lost his starting QB job to PJ Walker.
For the past few weeks, Walker has impressed coach Steve Wilks with his play.
Steve Wilks spoke about why he was so impressed with Walker’s performance.
“We’ve seen over the last couple of weeks, with (Walker) putting the time in … he’s shown that he can handle certain things,” Wilks said. “So I’m very pleased.”
On Monday, Wilks decided that Walker would start in the team’s week 9 game over a healthy Baker Mayfield.
Panthers’ HC Steve Wilks told reporters today that P.J. Walker once again will start again vs. the Bengals.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 31, 2022
Baker Mayfield has officially been benched by #Panthers as they move forward with former XFL QB PJ Walker as their starter. The team confirm Baker has accepted the backup role.
Mayfield, the former 1st overall pick in the 2018 Draft, has struggled this season with 71.9 QB Rating pic.twitter.com/pInbQfK3pT
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) October 31, 2022
Fans immediately reacted to Mayfield’s benching.
Demanded a trade just to be put on the bench with the new team.
Shoulda shut up & stayed in Cleveland as the backup. U woulda at least got 11 games to play this year. https://t.co/OCTafgwF5Z
— DeHottest ToEvaDoIt 🔥🔥 (@MrYeah2ndComing) October 31, 2022
I thought Mayfield's struggles last season could be explained with the shoulder injuries. I never thought he was great, but I thought he was decent. Woof. https://t.co/Lxr2R72qEy
— Chris Towers Is In Football Season (@CTowersCBS) October 31, 2022
This might be the one trade where everyone lost, between the Browns, the Panthers, and even Baker himself. https://t.co/kBj528eZJP
— Kal (@kkrz1211) October 31, 2022
i always said Baker was an XFL guy…maybe now he'd be a good XFL back up guy… https://t.co/MoUhzFyaE4
— Allen🎙️🔊(dumm infantreee guy) (@Unatoned11B) October 31, 2022