3 winners and 3 losers from Carolina Panthers second preseason game

(Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) Will Grier
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P.J. Walker and the third-string Carolina Panthers offense

After putting together a solid half last week, quarterback P.J. Walker struggled against the Baltimore Ravens. However, the blame can’t be put all on him. The third-string offense in the second half was a disaster all around.

The Carolina Panthers’ offense in the second half went three-and-out five times and compiled just 18 offensive yards. Walker was 1-8 for a mere eight yards.

It was a mess.

During that time, Baltimore’s backups took advantage of the third-string defense and pulled ahead to win the game.

With guys on offense for Carolina like Ishmael Hyman, Spencer Brown, Giovanni Ricci, and Krishawn Hogan, Walker just couldn’t get anything going.

If anything, the performance helps Grier’s case after he was thrown in the game with similar talent last week. Walker appeared to be pulling clear in the race to become Sam Darnold’s primary backup in 2021, but judging by this latest piece of evidence it might be a lot closer than many suspects.

This also highlighted the strength-in-depth – or lack thereof – regarding those right on the fringes, many of whom will be nervously looking over their shoulders ahead of another round of cuts later this week.

Thankfully, this is just preseason. But yikes.