SPARTANBURG, South Carolina. It seemed a bit odd Tuesday when recently acquired Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield was driven to Wofford College for training camp in a truck driven by linebacker Shaq Thompson.

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Now we know why.

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Dirty talk.

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Or “a mess,” as Thompson put it Friday, explaining how the former Cleveland Browns star became his passenger on the 90-minute ride from Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Bake texted me and DJax [Donte Jackson] you’re talking nonsense,” Thompson said. “We just went back and forth. We just asked what time are you going there? He’s like, “Avtobaza?” And I said yes.

So what was this “mess”?

“That’s for me to know, and you just to ask questions,” said Thompson, who began training camp on the disabled list after undergoing minor off-season surgery on his left knee.

Mayfield is known for chatting a mess, or as others say, a “scavenger”. He gave small sample about this when he and Thompson arrived at the camp, saying that Thompson “uses his flashers everywhere”.

Mayfield showed his nervousness again on Tuesday when he playfully yelled at a fan in one of his old Cleveland Browns jerseys to “get that jersey off.”

When the woman who drove her son to Spartanburg from Ohio told him on Wednesday that she was not a fan of the Browns, Mayfield replied that he was not a fan either.

Then there was the 2017 college game between Mayfield’s Oklahoma Sooners and the Baylor Bears, coached by Matt Rule, now the head coach of the Panthers. Mayfield told some Baylor players after a pre-game brawl, “You’ve forgotten who dad is. I’ll have to spank you.”

The fact that Mayfield has a reputation for being a talker does not bother Thompson. He compared him to former Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who was constantly talking nonsense, especially in training camp.

In 2015, Thompson’s rookie season, Newton and cornerback Josh Norman talked so much trash that they both ended up in a training camp brawl after Norman tipped the eventual NFL MVP.

“He’s competitive,” Thompson said of Mayfield. That was Cam in 2015. [Thomas Davis]. We are all competitors.

“I like quarterbacks who say nasty things. We’re going to talk nasty things right to you. Low kicks, high kicks, it doesn’t matter. After all, we are footballers, we are brothers, and we are all moving towards the same goal.”

Carolina wide receiver Robbie Anderson wasn’t talking nonsense when he tweeted “nooo” in response to initial news during the April NFL Draft that the Panthers were showing interest in Mayfield.

He later said he was just sticking up for his current quarterback, Sam Darnold. On Friday, Anderson was asked if he and Mayfield had an opportunity to talk about it now that Mayfield and Darnold are fighting for a place in the starting lineup.

“No,” he said. “It’s like water under a bridge.”

Anderson didn’t even want to go into the details of just how different Mayfield and Darnold were in character.

“One is called Baker, the other is Sam,” he said. “I will not describe their characters.”

But Anderson finally explained why he changed the spelling of his name from Robbie to Robbie during the offseason.

“This is how I wrote it when I was younger,” said Anderson, who first changed his name to Robbie before going to college. ”