4 key observations from recent Carolina Panthers practices

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Will Grier bouncing back

It has been a rocky road for Will Grier during his time with the Carolina Panthers. His rookie campaign in 2019 was nothing short of a disaster when he saw the field. But this is an experience that the quarterback has used to his advantage if the past few days at training camp are any indication.

Grier has grown in stature as training camp has gone on. The presence of P.J. Walker on the roster has only heightened urgency for the signal-caller to perform. And his recent sessions brought plenty of memorable highlights.

Whether this will be enough to beat out Walker to the No. 2 spot behind Teddy Bridgewater remains to be seen. Grier has at least shown the Panthers’ coaching staff that he has developed from his troubled first year at the next level. So he might not be the bust that many were claiming.

The former West Virginia standout freely admitted that he was not fully-prepared in a backup role last season. Whether this was down to not taking things too seriously or simply being disengaged in a lesser role than he was accustomed to in college is up for debate. But Grier has been making all the right noises during training camp so far and it has resulted in some improved production during team drills.