Panthers: 4 options if Teddy Bridgewater misses time through injury
Panthers option No. 3: Will Grier
Things did not go well for Will Grier when he was thrust into the starting job by the Carolina Panthers in 2019. The rookie looked flustered in the fast-paced world of the NFL. And it would be prudent for the player and the organization if he was taken out of the limelight all together next season.
This might chance if Teddy Bridgewater is forced to miss time. The experience of starting will have done Grier the world of good in terms of his development. But it is hard to deny that his play will need to improve considerably during his next period under center.
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The former third-round pick out of West Virginia completed just 53.8 percent of his passes for 228 yards, no touchdowns, and four interceptions. His yards-per-completion average was just 4.4. So there is much work to be done if Grier wants to become a reliable starter in the future.
Grier faces a crucial few months in Carolina. The new regime has no attachment to him emotionally. And it will be a case of impressing the coaching staff all over again during a limited time at training camp.
The ever-changing world of the NFL makes this type of scenario commonplace. But it does not detract from the importance of the upcoming campaign for Grier.
Putting him in as a starter might do more harm than good in Bridgewater’s absence. And it could lead to the Panthers getting a realistic shot at drafting someone like Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields.