Grier did not play a snap during the 2020 season, as P.J. Walker was preferred to him when the Panthers were without starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Grier, a third-round pick in 2019, made two appearances as a rookie, and even though he and Walker alternated being active over the course of this season, Walker ultimately got the call to play when Bridgewater was out. Looking ahead to the 2021 campaign, despite Grier remaining under contract, it appears unlikely his situation will improve as long as he remains in Carolina, as both Bridgewater and Walker also are due to return, and the team could always sign or draft another signal-caller during the offseason.
Grier is slated to serve as the backup quarterback Sunday against the Lions, with P.J. Walker receiving the start in place of the inactive Teddy Bridgewater (knee), David Newton of ESPN.com reports. While Walker could have a short leash if he struggles early on in the contest, his appointment to the starting role implies that he's leapfrogged Grier on the depth chart after head coach Matt Rhule implied earlier this week that both signal-callers would be competing for the No. 2 job. Both Walker and Grier ended up seeing some reps with the first-team offense while Bridgewater was limited by an MCL sprain, but the Panthers are seemingly confident that Bridgewater will be ready to return to the lineup for a Week 13 game in Minnesota. If that's the case, Grier may find himself inactive as the No. 3 quarterback next week, assuming Walker acquits himself well in the start.
Matt Rhule said Wednesday that he intends to give Grier and P.J. Walker even practice reps this week before settling on a clear No. 2 quarterback, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports. Top quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (knee) managed to begin the week with a limited practice, but his status for Sunday's game versus the Lions remains in question while he works through a sprained MCL. Whomever of Grier or Walker successfully wins the backup competition this week therefore will need to be monitored closely, particularly in fantasy leagues that start multiple quarterbacks.
Grier will serve as the team's backup quarterback for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, David Newton of ESPN reports. Former XFL star P.J. Walker had taken backup duties from Grier the past three games, even playing in a game against the Falcons with Teddy Bridgewater injured. Grier will likely hold onto the No. 2 role barring any injuries or setbacks, as the West Viriginia product will add insurance at quarterback in case Bridgewater goes down again.
Grier (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Saints, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports. Former XFL star P.J. Walker has jumped Grier on the depth chart and will back up Teddy Bridgewater during Sunday's divisional clash. Grier -- a third-round pick in 2019 -- will watch from the press box, and he'll need to battle hard in practice to reclaim the No. 2 job.
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