4 big improvements made by the Panthers in win vs. Lions

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Big plays down the field

Not getting the ball downfield quickly has been one of the biggest complaints regarding Teddy Bridgewater’s production with the Carolina Panthers this season. The signal-caller has plenty of likable traits that have been positive during this period of transition, but his lack of confidence to air it out is something the player could improve upon.

P.J. Walker got the start in Bridgewater’s absence against the Lions, which instantly improved Carolina’s ability to launch aerial assaults more prominently. This was evident almost from the word go and continued to catch the eye throughout the game.

A big improvement, for sure. But not enough for Walker to become the long-term starter ahead of Bridgewater.

That being said, giving Walker more time on the field in special packages is not out of the realm of possibility. The former XFL star demonstrated real confidence and mobility that is sure to be of some use down the stretch. But whether this is just a one and done deal as Bridgewater looks to make a triumphant return to the Vikings in Week 12 remains to be seen.

It was refreshing to see a fearless attitude in this regard. This undoubtedly piles more pressure on Bridgewater to do a better job and might indirectly inspire him to start taking more risks.