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Sam Darnold finds Rashard Higgins for Panthers' 1st preseason TD

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Carolina Panthers gave Baker Mayfield their first crack on offense this preseason, starting the newcomer against the Washington Commanders on Saturday.

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Mayfield, who completed four of his seven attempts for 45 yards, led a strong scoring drive on Carolina’s opening possession.

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The 13-play, 57-yard trek—which lasted just under six minutes—set the Panthers up for a 41-yard field goal from Zane Gonzalez.

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But Sam Darnold, who had next, didn’t disappoint either.
 Darnold took full advantage of a short field thanks to safety Jeremy Chinn and rookie defensive end Amaré Barno.

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Two plays later, he’d find Rashard Higgins on another 8-yard completion—with this one settling into the back of the end zone for a touchdown.

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Darnold then came out for the next series early in the second quarter—where the Panthers were forced to a three-and-out.