P.J. Walker – Carolina Panthers QB
Much like the situation regarding offensive line assistance, the Carolina Panthers needed a new face or two at the quarterback position. Sam Darnold’s trade from the New York Jets didn’t pan out as expected, Matt Rhule was never keen on giving Cam Newton a chance, and P.J. Walker‘s lack of consistency meant he could not be trusted, either.
Perhaps surprisingly, the Panthers handed Walker a one-year extension pretty early in the offseason. But his place on the roster is far from guaranteed after the organization traded up to select Ole Miss product Matt Corral at No. 94 overall in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Corral has some impressive traits that could potentially develop into something more. However, there is a scenario where the signal-caller might need additional time to refine his craft under Ben McAdoo and quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan.
It’s also worth remembering that Walker is a former Rhule college player, which always helps if the last two years are any indication. Carolina only took two quarterbacks onto their roster last season and released Will Grier along the way, so the one-time XFL MVP candidate has a huge job on his hands based on projections.
Walker does have a 2-0 record as a starter but has completed just 55.7 percent of his passes for 720 yards, two touchdowns, eight interceptions, and an average QBR of 14.45.
And therein lies the problem.