The Carolina Panthers are hoping for a big year from their backup quarterback, but they will have to wait until Week 7 of the NFL season.
The will grier is the new quarterback for the Carolina Panthers. Grier, who has a rally hair style, was drafted in the third round of this year’s draft.
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — In terms of hair, Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence doesn’t have much on Carolina Panthers backup quarterback Will Grier.
Grier’s thick brown hair cascade down the rear of his helmet, similar to Lawrence’s golden mane in Jacksonville. He started cultivating it because of the COVID-19 epidemic, but it’s now on its way to becoming a thing.
Grier playfully remarked, “Rally hair.”
Grier, on the other hand, would like to share a job with Lawrence. He will not be Carolina’s starting quarterback, since the top selection in the 2021 draft is anticipated to be in Jacksonville, because Sam Darnold holds that position. And there’s no guarantee he’ll beat over P.J. Walker, a former XFL standout, for the backup job.
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So the next three weeks will be important for Grier’s future, not only with the Panthers, but perhaps in the NFL as well. The 26-year-old must show coach Matt Rhule that he is better than Walker, who played for Rhule at Temple and was the backup quarterback last season when Teddy Bridgewater was injured.
His audition will be place in Indianapolis on Sunday. Because Carolina’s starters aren’t expected to play in the preseason opener (1 p.m.) against the Colts, Grier will have his first chance to shine in a game since they met in college. Walker will take the field first, followed by Grier.
Prior to that, Rhule’s only game exposure to Grier was when his Baylor team faced West Virginia in 2018 (Grier threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns) and video from the last two games of the 2019 season, when Grier took over for Cam Newton during his injury-plagued season.
And those beginnings weren’t exactly impressive. Grier threw for 228 yards on 52.8 percent of his throws, four interceptions, and no touchdowns.
So Grier’s emphasis is on being ready, which is a difficult transition after starting every game during his two seasons at West Virginia and from the beginning of his career as a quarterback.
Don’t be shocked if the Panthers look for a third quarterback if he doesn’t beat out Walker. Former Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has starting experience with Derek Anderson, so bringing in a veteran with that experience may not be a terrible idea.
Or Rhule could just keep two quarterbacks.Sam Darnold (14) is locked in as the Carolina Panthers’ starting quarterback, but it’s a wide-open competition between Will Grier (7) and P.J. Walker (6) for the top backup role. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
Grier’s father, Chad, who coached his son at Davidson Day School just outside of Charlotte, said, “He’s extremely practical, and he understands that he has to play well anytime he gets a chance.” “He has a lot of faith in himself and his abilities. Last year, he was extremely confident.”
That’s what made the younger Grier, Carolina’s third-round selection in 2019, so disappointed last season. He was never given the opportunity to demonstrate that he was prepared.
“It wasn’t so much frustrating not to receive it as it was disappointed when it was over,” Will said. “I believed I could assist my squad.”
Walker, on the other hand, isn’t safe. On the depth chart, he and Grier are listed as co-No. 2s, as they were at this time last preseason when Walker ultimately emerged.
There are still doubts regarding Walker’s ability to keep the ball safe. In the four games he played last season, he had one touchdown and five interceptions as a consequence of his proclivity for taking risks and forcing the ball down the field.
Grier’s problem is that he isn’t brave enough. Instead than pushing the ball downfield and making fast choices, he’ll sometimes take off running or resort to checkdown passes, which were a major component of the offense during the previous coaching staff’s first season. Rhule wants to see him become more combative.
During the offseason, Chad Grier assisted with this as well as throwing on the run.
Will stated, “I did a lot of pocket movement and ball security.” “I had him out there hitting me and the ball a little bit with the boxing gloves on.”
Chad saw a difference.
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He said, “It’s just a lot of mayhem in the pocket, a lot of banging and grinding.” “I’d punch him and apologize profusely.’ ‘That’s OK,’ he replied. Continue swinging.’
“I got a lot of excellent pictures. He didn’t even flinch once. I suppose I don’t have much to back up my punch. He is, nevertheless, a grinder.”
This is what Chad refers to as his son’s game progressing. He reminded Will (6-foot-1, 220 pounds) that he didn’t think twice about throwing the ball down the field at West Virginia, where he threw 71 touchdown passes in 2017-18.
“The idea was coming in the professionals, we’ve got [Christian] McCaffrey, other NFL players, throw them balls in space,” Chad said of Carolina’s offense in 2019. “Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, As a result, it was a major emphasis.”
The goal right now is consistency, which is why preseason games are so important.
“It’s easy to become lazy with your basics and just sort of whip the ball out there when you have arm talent,” Will remarked. “Those basics must be emphasized over and over again….” It’ll work three out of five times if you put it out there all day, but it has to work five out of five times.”
It’s all about seizing chances right now. Chad is upbeat, despite the fact that he hasn’t spoken to his kid in a while after returning from a “Remember the Titans”-style training camp trip with his Providence Day squad.
But then Chad suggested that the Denzel Washington film from 2000 might be an omen. The backup quarterback took over for the injured starter and guided his team to victory.
The character had long hair at first, but was forced to chop it in order to join the squad.
Chad described his son’s hair as “wild.” “I’m not sure what to think of it.”
All he knows for sure is that Will’s wife, Jeanne, appears to enjoy it, which might be enough to convince him to retain it. Will’s main goal, though, is to prove himself and make the squad.
Will laughed and added, “I’m not going to let it go much longer than this.” “I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I wish I had something interesting to say to you. I’m thinking of shaving it tomorrow.”
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