4 takeaways from Panthers’ padded practices at training camp so far

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P.J. Walker is winning the QB2 battle

There is a hot competition emerging for the No. 2 quarterback spot behind Teddy Bridgewater. Will Grier and P.J. Walker are the two players fighting out for the primary backup role. But it is the latter who has stood out more during padded practices so far.

Walker came into the Carolina Panthers with confidence at an all-time high. This is down in no small part to his standout spell in the XFL. And his familiarity with head coach Matt Rhule from their time together in college is something else that is clearly having a positive effect.

The signal-caller has made some impressive throws both with the backups and primary wide receivers when given the opportunity. Walker’s ability to get out of the pocket is something else that has been evident at camp, which could prove to be an asset for the Panthers in 2020.

There is a lot to like about the sort of skills Walker brings to the table. His passing accuracy has been a nice surprise at camp so far. But whether this can make a successful transition to a competitive environment remains to be seen.

Walker is probably not going to see any starting action unless Bridgewater is forced to miss time through injury. But there is potential for the player to come in during special packages that might throw an opposing defense off guard.

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Offensive coordinator Joe Brady has plenty to work with. And Walker’s presence is another asset to keep a close eye on.