4 big decisions ahead for Matt Rhule as final cuts loom

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Matt Rhule
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Carolina Panthers decision No. 1: Picking his QB2

One of the more eye-catching battles during training camp with the Carolina Panthers has been for the primary backup slot behind Teddy Bridgewater. The competition has been fierce between second-year-pro Will Grier and former XFL MVP candidate P.J. Walker, with both making their presence felt in a bid to secure places on the roster.

Matt Rhule did not commit to taking three quarterbacks through to their Week 1 encounter against the Las Vegas Raiders. But it would be a surprise if the head coach did not go in this direction after the way both Grier and Walker have impressed.

Whoever wins the No. 2 spot will have to fight hard throughout the campaign to keep it. Rhule recently commented that this is going to be an ongoing battle between the two if they are both on the roster in 2020. And this has undoubtedly brought the best out of both of them.

Grier came into training camp with plenty of concerns after failing miserably in his role as a starter over the last two games of the previous campaign. This was the steepest of learning curves for the player. But it is an experience he is clearly putting to good use.

There is plenty of excitement surrounding Walker’s ability to become a weapon in Carolina. He is a mobile signal-caller who has fitted in seamlessly, which is thanks in no small part to his previous relationship with Rhule and knowledge of the system.