Week 11 spotlight: Solving the Will Grier vs. P.J. Walker riddle
By Dean Jones
Which way will the Carolina Panthers go?
Although Matt Rhule stated this decision won’t be down to a draft pick, the Carolina Panthers will never get a better chance to see how much Will Grier has improved. They don’t have much to play for other than pride, so getting a good look at the second-year-pro and seeing just what adjustments he’s made will be crucial to their long-term planning.
That might seem a little harsh on P.J. Walker, but Rhule already knows what he can do to a certain extent. And if things begin poorly for Grier there appears little doubt that his potential understudy will be thrown into the mix at the earliest possible opportunity.
With nothing really on the line, why not use both?
This is something we’ll probably see with the Saints with Drew Brees now on the reserve/injured list and given the Panthers’ scheme is similar to that which is utilized in New Orleans, it is not out of the realms of possibility.
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It will be fascinating to see which way Carolina goes if Teddy Bridgewater misses his first game since joining the organization. Putting either player in a starting role appears to be something of a downgrade, but who’s to say this wouldn’t be the making of them with more responsibility on their shoulders.