Allen completed 25 of 41 pass attempts for 295 yards and threw one interception during Sunday's 42-10 loss to New Orleans. With rookie signal-caller Will Grier sustaining a foot injury during the second quarter of Sunday's blowout defeat, Allen made his 13th appearance of 2019. The 23-year-old Allen enjoyed a promising start to his sophomore season by establishing a 7:0 TD:INT between Weeks 3 and 6, while leading his team to a 4-0 record during that span. From that point forward, however, Allen struggled mightily with ball security, tossing 10 touchdowns and 16 interceptions as Carolina limped to a final record of 5-11. Cam Newton's (foot) future with the Panthers remains tentative for the time being, but Allen provides Carolina with an affordable backup QB option as the franchise searches for a long-term answer at the position.
Interim coach Perry Fewell named Will Grier the starting quarterback for Sunday's game at Indianapolis, pushing Allen to No. 2 on the depth chart, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports. Allen has had some highs and lows in his time as the starter this season with Cam Newton (foot) in recovery mode since Week 2. While leading the Panthers to a 5-1 record in his first six starts, Allen posted a 9:4 TD:INT and averaged 215.2 passing yards per game. The latter stat increased to 289.3 over the last six contests, but the team has lost all of them. Perhaps the final straw was Allen's propensity for turnovers, as he tossed 15 interceptions and fumbled 13 times, losing seven of them. Carolina has a decision to make with Newton in the offseason, but if the organization decides to move on, Allen, an exclusive rights free agent, can be retained at a cheap price, which could keep him in the conversation for the top QB job in 2020.
Interim coach Perry Newell said he's evaluating the quarterback position and will announce Wednesday whether Allen or Will Grier draws the start under center Week 16 versus the Colts, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports. In the aftermath of Allen's other rocky outings this season, Fewell or former coach Ron Rivera have always reaffirmed their faith in the second-year signal-caller by labeling him as the Panthers' starter early in the week. The decision to evaluate the position represents a departure from the norm and may signal the end of Allen's 12-game run atop the depth chart. After posting a 7:0 TD:INT through his first four outings, Allen has been in a tailspin ever since, completing only 60.7 percent of his attempts while tossing 10 touchdowns against 15 picks and losing three fumbles. With the playoffs now out of reach, the 5-9 Panthers may be incentivized to see what Grier -- a rookie third-round pick -- can do over the final two games of the season.
Allen completed 25 of 41 pass attempts for 277 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions Sunday against the Seahawks. He also gained 25 yards on five carries in the 30-24 loss. Allen's continued turnover problems led to speculation throughout the week that he could be removed from his starting role, but he was given another opportunity against Seattle's beatable pass defense. His issues continued, however, as he threw one interception in the first half before turning the ball over on back-to-back drives in the second half. Allen did complete a late touchdown pass to Curtis Samuel, but it was too little too late. The rookie now has 10 interceptions in five starts this season, and it remains to be seen if the team will make a change ahead of next Sunday's game against the Colts.
Interim coach Perry Fewell said Monday that Allen will remain the Panthers' starting quarterback for the team's Week 15 matchup with the Seahawks, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports. Though the injured Cam Newton (foot) no longer poses a threat to replace Allen, the sophomore signal-caller's continued turnover problems have put him at risk of losing the starting gig to rookie third-round pick Will Grier. While Fewell will give Allen a chance to turn things around at home versus the Seahawks, Fewell noted that the top quarterback job will be a "week-to-week" evaluation. Since opening his run as starter with seven touchdown passes against zero interceptions in his first four outings, Allen has completed 60.7 percent of his passes for 6.5 yards per attempt while turning in a 9:12 TD:INT and fumbling six times (losing three) in his subsequent seven starts.
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