Baker Mayfield takes credit for Panthers’ offensive struggles: ‘I’ve got to command this team better’

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Danielle Parhizkaran/NorthJersey.com

The addition of quarterback Baker Mayfield of the Carolina Panthers gave the fan base some much needed boost. With a few decent wideouts, a star running back in Christian McCaffrey and two supposed upgrades on the offensive line, isn’t it ridiculous to think Carolina’s offense could surprise some people out of the gate? wrong

Both losses are 0-2 to teams that missed the playoffs last year in the Deshaun Watson-less Cleveland Browns and New York Giants. So far, the Panthers have the fifth-worst offense in terms of total yards recorded per game and the third-worst passing offense. This week, Mayfield tried to take ownership of Carolina’s rough start.

“Not enough,” Mayfield said Wednesday. “No matter what my stats are, I’m just concerned about winning. (I’m) not paying enough attention to the ball. That’s the only statistic I care about.

“I’ve got to command this team better. I’ve got to lead better and make sure everyone’s on the same page to where we’re executing at the highest level. It’s a huge disappointment for me. Still. So I take full credit for that.”

Mayfield’s game will be great, but truth be told, he’s not solely responsible for how the Panthers’ game has been thus far. Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo is getting a little hot. Star wideout DJ Moore, he signed A lucrative three-year extension This offseason, Sunday has the same number of targets as second-year wideout Shea Smith. Both received more targets than McCaffrey, who was viewed as one of the best dual-threat backs in the league. The Panthers have converted just 26.1 percent of their third-down attempts and have scored just four total touchdowns.

Something needs to change quickly for Carolina’s offense, and Mayfield takes it upon himself to spark this unit and the team at large.

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