What next for Panthers QB Will Grier after latest snub vs. Lions?

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Was starting P.J. Walker the right call?

All eyes were on P.J. Walker during his first NFL start and he got off to a sensational opening to his time under center. The quarterback led a 95-yard drive for the game’s opening score that saw his deep throwing used to full effect on a bomb to D.J. Moore that really sparked some life at Bank of America Stadium.

The moment was not too big for Walker, who made some tremendous throws and played a leading contribution during a dominant 20-0 win for the Carolina Panthers. This might not be enough to challenge Teddy Bridgewater sufficiently for the No. 1 role, but it will cement his status as the primary backup at Will Grier’s expense.

Walker eventually finished the game with a 70.5 completion percentage, 258 passing yards, and one touchdown. But there were some bad moments, for sure.

His two interceptions in the end zone left a lot to be desired and he did miss some wide-open looks that could have moved the chains at crucial moments.

However, it’s worth remembering this was his first-ever NFL start.

The former XFL sensation was better than most expected when the Panthers gave him the green light to take Bridgewater’s place – which is probably the worst news of all for Grier.