• Crissy Froyd

What does the Panthers' QB situation look like heading into 2020?

Not many teams are experiencing quite the overhaul at quarterback that the Carolina Panthers are ahead of the 2020 season.


Carolina parted ways with former MVP Cam Newton, also trading away Kyle Allen to the Washington Redskins this offseason.


With that, they've also brought on some new names at quarterback, as well as an exciting addition at offensive coordinator in Joe Brady.


Brady played a significant role in LSU's road to a national championship title in January as the Tigers' passing game coordinator, helping run an unstoppable offense that helped the team go undefeated.


Here's a look at what the Panthers look like at quarterback before the 2020 season begins.


Teddy Bridgewater



Carolina brought on Bridgewater this offseason, signing him to a three-year, $63 million deal. Head coach Matt Rhule seems to be confident in who Bridgewater is as a quarterback ahead of the season.


"I believe so wholeheartedly in who he is as a quarterback," he said. "I believe in his abilities. I believe in his arm strength. I believe in his accuracy. I believe in his decision-making. But beyond that, I know he's going to make everyone else that much better."


Bridgewater battled injury early on in his career back in 2016, but finished out his most recent season as Drew Brees' backup with the New Orleans Saints in solid fashion, going 5-0 in the starter's relief and completing 67.9% of his passes for nine touchdowns.


We'll see how well he can keep the momentum going in Carolina.


P.J. Walker



No player serves as proof the XFL was working better than Walker.


The former Indianapolis Colts signal-caller lit the league up, showcasing his mobility, ability to extend plays, evade pressure and accuracy.


The only real knock on him was that he struggled with some of his reads early on in the XFL, but he progressively improved.


Houston Roughnecks head coach June Jones was high on him from the beginning.


“He did some really good things,” Jones told me earlier this year. “I was kind of anxious to see him because I had played against him in college. When the play breaks down, you want the quarterback to create things, and he did a lot of stuff… that kind of was his magic in college, too. We get him plugged in, and if he can continue to get better in his reads, I think he has a real chance to be a pretty good player.”


Walker completed 65 percent of his pass attempts for 1,338 yards, with 15 touchdowns and four interceptions to go with 99 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground over five contests for Houston. His team was 5-0 and highly favored to win it all before the league folded earlier this year due to the impacts of COVID-19.


It will be interesting to see how much his success from the start-up league translates to his second stint in the NFL.


Will Grier


The former West Virginia quarterback, drafted by the Panthers with No. 100 overall pick in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, hasn't exactly had the best transition to the next level.


In two starts last season, Grier completed just 28-of-52 pass attempts for a completion percentage of 53.8% for 228 yards and four interceptions. He' still yet to throw a single touchdown.


But, to be fair, Grier was absolutely thrown to the wolves in the last two weeks of the season, put in what tight end Greg Olsen referred to as an "impossible situation."


Bottom Line


The Panthers look quite different in 2020, but that doesn't have to be a bad thing for them.


Bridgewater should enter the season as the starter, but the question is as to just how much he ends up playing into Carolina's plan at quarterback for the long-term future.


Behind him, Waker brings intrigue to say the least, and Grier could show some upside when given the proper chance to settle in and continue learning the ways of the league.

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