4 key observations from Panthers QB Matt Corral’s second pro outing
By Luke Gray
Carolina Panthers can take some pressure off Matt Corral
It was a well-known fact amongst Carolina Panthers fans that when they drafted Matt Corral in the third round he was unlikely to see the field this season. Even if the franchise hadn’t made a move for Baker Mayfield, the rookie would not have challenged Sam Darnold to be the starter despite the USC product’s disastrous form in 2021.
While it’s likely Corral would have looked better with more reps in camp, it’s not likely he’d be anywhere near pro-ready. That’s not really a surprise, in all honesty.
The offense Corral was a part of under Lane Kiffin at Ole Miss was run/pass option orientated more often than not. Something that is rarely seen consistently at the NFL level.
This always meant the transition period for Corral may be a lengthy one. However, it’s clear the player has the attitude to succeed.
It was noted by the attending media during training camp Corral was always the first player to arrive for practice. The fact Mayfield has taken the new signal-caller under his wing will only help the player’s development.
Not suiting up all season due to injury is a major blow for Corral’s early development. But writing him off so soon is foolish and there are other things the player can work out before returning to full health.