The Carolina Panthers are making another quarterback change.
On Tuesday, the team named Sam Darnold their Week 12 starter. The 25-year-old will make his season debut, sending Baker Mayfield back to the bench.
Mayfield suffered an ankle injury in Week 5 but returned as a backup to PJ Walker before starting last Sunday. The former No. 1 pick went 21 of 33 for 196 passing yards, no touchdowns, and two picks in a 13-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Carolina's decision had social media buzzing about Mayfield's downward trajectory.
The 4 Man Rush podcast lamented Carolina acquiring Mayfield from the Cleveland Browns rather than trading for Jimmy Garoppolo, who is posting a 104.1 quarterback rating for the San Francisco 49ers.
Mayfield has thrown six touchdowns with an NFL-worst 17.8 QBR in seven games this season. Yet Darnold was in the same situation last season, floundering with the Panthers after three years with the New York Jets.
The Panthers may go back to the drawing board during their Week 13 bye if Darnold doesn't impress in Sunday's start against the Denver Broncos.