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Scott Fowler: QB Baker Mayfield was a bust with Carolina Panthers. Why is he thriving in Tampa Bay?

For the Carolina Panthers, “The Baker Mayfield Project” was an abject failure. Mayfield won the starting job over Sam Darnold in the Panthers’ 2022 training camp, only to flounder in the regular season. He went 1-5 as a starter in Carolina. He got benched. His miserable performance helped get coach Matt Rhule fired after five games in 2022. Mayfield started all five of those games, playing poorly in almost all of them. Only five months after the Panthers traded a fifth-round pick to get him, they demoted him to third string and soon afterward released him at Mayfield’s request. And yet here Ma…

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