4 major observations from Panthers QB Matt Corral’s NFL debut

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Matt Corral wasn’t helped by his Carolina Panthers pass-catchers

Having a final stat line of one pass completion in nine attempts isn’t great, obviously. But one has to look at the bigger picture in warmup games such as this.

The Carolina Panthers opted to put Matt Corral in with those who have little chance of making the 53-man roster. In fact, a number of his primary pass-catchers were cut the next day as those in power got their options down to 85 ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.

There were times when Corral could have done better. And he’s certainly looked capable of becoming an NFL-caliber quarterback during his brief glimpses with better players around him in camp.

Again, this is all part of the learning experience. Head coach Matt Rhule is making every player earn their spot this season and for whatever reason, the Panthers feel like P.J. Walker deserves more playing time.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Panthers utilize Corral during their second preseason outing at the New England Patriots. Whichever way they choose, it would be wise for the primary decision-makers to give him time with better weapons and an offensive line that won’t collapse at the drop of a hat.

This was probably frustrating for Corral. Even if he wouldn’t divulge this information publicly.