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

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P.J. Walker must stretch the field

One of the main reasons why Teddy Bridgewater is no longer quarterback of the Carolina Panthers is his hesitancy getting the football downfield consistently.

The marquee free-agent signing in 2020 just didn’t possess the confidence to hit open targets on deep routes, going with the safer option on countless occasions that became an ongoing frustrating throughout the campaign.

P.J. Walker has no such problems. He likes nothing more than moving the chains quickly and this was a breath of fresh air during his first NFL start in 2020 during their convincing win over the Detroit Lions.

Walker’s previous relationship with Matt Rhule from their time together at Temple has served him well. The likes of Terrace Marshall Jr., David Moore, Shi Smith, and Omar Bayless have the ability to get downfield quickly, so there are far worse situations for the signal-caller to be in.

Again, the offensive line must hold out long enough for Walker to get set for such throws. But his throwing mechanics are already where they need to be if provided enough time in the pocket.

There’s nothing wrong with checking it down or gaining minimal yardage on the run. Something Walker needs to realize in pursuit of making further strides.

However, the preseason is the perfect time to showcase his arm strength and leave no doubt he is the man to back up Sam Darnold consistently next season.