4 things P.J. Walker must show at Colts in preseason Week 1

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P.J. Walker must command the huddle

Being tentative isn’t going to get P.J. Walker where he needs to go. Nor is it going to install confidence from his teammates in his ability to step in and lead if the worst happens to Sam Darnold at any stage.

Walker received praise for his command of the huddle last season. Something that has to continue on the road in his first taste of action with the Carolina Panthers.

It would be remiss not to point out just how much Walker’s confidence may have been knocked in his last outing. Coming in when Teddy Bridgewater was finally put out of his misery wasn’t easy, but the quarterback should have done better in the circumstances.

As stated previously, the Panthers put all their chips into the middle with Darnold this season and possibly next, so finally having an organization that believes in his abilities could be the making of him.

However, Walker must be ready to step in at a moment’s notice.

Commanding the huddle, getting plays across quickly, and perhaps been changing things if there’s something Walker doesn’t like is well within his capabilities. The signal-caller shouldn’t be afraid to lean on whoever is lining up alongside him in the backfield and despite the first group of wideouts not taking part, Carolina still has dynamic weapons further down the depth chart.