After being sidelined for consecutive games, Baker Mayfield looks to be in the right shape and mood to feature the Carolina Panthers in their week 9 contest against Cincinnati Bengals. Mayfield arrived at the training facility with a new ‘Hulk Hogan’ look which was quite a surprise for his teammates as well.

Baker Mayfield Carolina Panthers
Baker Mayfield – Carolina Panthers

However, the latest developments suggests that despite Baker Mayfield getting the clearance to return to action, Panthers would be starting the game with third-stringer P.J.Walker. The former No.1 pick in the 2018 draft was acquired by the Carolina Panthers with an aim to bring more stability into their offense.

Having arrived in a new team for a relatively low price of 2021 fifth-round pick, Mayfield has failed to live up to his hype. To those who are unaware, Baker Mayfield did not feature for his team after Week 5 wherein he suffered a high ankle sprain against the San Francisco 49ers (last game of Matt Rhule era).

What to expect from Baker Mayfield in Week 9?

When Baker Mayfield was asked upon his mindset upon knowing to be a second-fiddle to Walkers, he said, “I’m rolling with the punches, helping this team out in any way I can. I came here to win. If my role is to help PJ out from the sideline & help this defense out in scout team then I’m gonna do it & I’m gonna do it with everything I can. That’s just who I am.”

To talk about the particular stats of the spoken off player – through his first five games of the 2022-23 season as a Panther, Baker Mayfield completed 54.9% of his pass attempts for 962 yards, 4 Touchdowns and as many interceptions.

Baker Mayfield
Baker Mayfield

Moreover, with second-stringer Sam Darnold also being sidelined at the moment, the team subsequently turned to PJ Walker, who has fared better than Mayfield in this season, completing 62.5 percent of pass attempts for 614 yards, 3 Touchdowns and 1 pick.

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