Panthers depth chart focus: What is the plan at quarterback in 2022?

(Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) Sam Darnold
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The Carolina Panthers have a solid roster from top to bottom, but the ongoing quarterback cloud has the potential to damage their chances in 2022?

It’s been an encouraging offseason with multiple changes that could see things turn around in a positive fashion for the Carolina Panthers. However, there remains one potential complication that threatens to override everything else.

The quarterback position is one of concern. Something which stemmed from a series of rash decisions that began with Cam Newton’s release in 2020 and spiraled downwards from there.

This terrible series of events even saw Newton come back in 2021 to try and turn things around. A challenge even the former NFL MVP couldn’t accomplish in difficult circumstances despite a positive start.

What next for the Panthers at the most important position on the field is unclear. In the first of a special series ahead of training camp, we took a close look at the quarterback depth chart and whether more might be needed.

The Long Shot

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P.J. Walker – Carolina Panthers QB

Perhaps it was the Matt Rhule connection from their time together in college that got P.J. Walker another shot on a one-year deal this offseason. Based on his production when on the field last time around, it was far from justified.

Walker found life difficult making any sort of impression and the Carolina Panthers signed Cam Newton rather than give the former Temple star a starting shot when Sam Darnold went down. This told us a lot about how his talents are perceived within the organization.

Even though Walker is under contract, the chances of him making the 53-man roster are slim right now. This would get even worse if another body comes in at some stage in the coming weeks.