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NFC South Standings

Team Div Overall
2-1-0 9-3-0
2-0-0 5-7-0
1-3-0 5-7-0
1-2-0 5-7-0

2021 Passing

STATS CMP
Pass Completions
ATT
Pass Attempts
PCT
Completion Percentage
YDS
Passing Yards
YDS/G
Passing Yards per Game
TD
Touchdown Passes
INT
Interceptions Thrown
RATE
Passer Rating
Regular Season 30 54 55.6 287 57.4 0 2 55.1

Top P.J. Walker News

  • Panthers' P.J. Walker: Replaces Newton late Sunday

    Walker completed five of 10 passes for 87 yards and an interception in Sunday's 33-10 loss to the Dolphins.

    Walker replaced the ineffective Cam Newton with just over 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and Carolina trailing by 20 points. Operating in hurry-up mode, Walker had difficulties of his own, throwing a pick while being sacked four times. With the Panthers now entering their bye week, Newton should have more time to familiarize himself with the offense, but Walker would stand to come off the bench should Newton underwhelm again.

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  • Panthers' P.J. Walker: Likely to remain on bench Week 12

    Walker is not scheduled to play in Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

    There had been talk that Walker would still see some snaps in Week 11's loss to Washington, but the Panthers ended up using only Cam Newton under center. Coach Matt Rhule clarified that in Week 12, the 26-year-old would only be used on an "as needed" basis.

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  • Panthers' P.J. Walker: Could be involved as backup Week 11

    Panthers head coach Matt Rhule suggested that Walker could still have a role in the team's offensive game plan Sunday against Washington, even with Cam Newton having been named Carolina's starting quarterback, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

    Since Newton signed with Carolina late last week, he didn't have sufficient time to get fully up to speed with the new playbook and had a limited role behind Walker, who started in place of Sam Darnold (IR/shoulder) and completed 22 of 29 passes for 167 yards and an interception while rushing three times for six yards and losing a fumble in the Panthers' 31-10 win over the Cardinals. Though Walker played 89 percent of the offensive snaps and was effective enough as a game manager, he ceded most of the high-value goal-line work to Newton, who rushed for a touchdown and threw for another across his eight snaps. Rhule didn't outline how exactly Walker will be used Week 11 as he moves into the backup role, but the coach noted that because Newton doesn't have some exposure to all aspects of the playbook, Walker could be sprinkled into the mix in select occasions. With that in mind, it wouldn't be surprising if Newton and Walker's snap shares are essentially flipped from Week 10, though Walker presumably wouldn't be deployed in goal-line situations like Newton was.

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  • Panthers' P.J. Walker: Likely headed for backup role

    Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said Monday that Cam Newton will take most of the first-team reps in practice this week, signaling that Walker likely will return to a backup role for Carolina's Week 11 matchup with Washington, Jonathan M. Alexander of The Charlotte Observer reports. "If [Newton is] ready to start, great," Rhule said. "If he's not quite ready, obviously P.J. is available."

    After Sam Darnold (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Friday with the expectation that he'll be sidelined for the remainder of the season, Walker stepped in for his second career start over the weekend in the Panthers' 34-10 win over the Cardinals. Though the Panthers were essentially in control of the contest from opening kickoff, Walker wasn't the solid game manager that Carolina's 24-point margin of victory implied. While he completed 22 of his 29 throws, Walker averaged a weak 5.8 yards per attempt and committed two turnovers (an interception and a lost fumble). Meanwhile, Newton -- who inked a one-year deal with Carolina on Thursday -- was eased into the game plan with a limited snap count and cashed in with touchdowns through the air and on the ground. With a full week of prep in practice, the expectation is that the veteran signal-caller will take over as the team's starter moving forward as Carolina looks to keep itself in the thick of a packed NFC playoff race.

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  • Panthers' P.J. Walker: Turns it over twice

    Walker completed 22 of 29 passes for 167 yards and an interception but threw for a two-point conversion in Sunday's 34-10 win over the Cardinals. He also rushed three times for six yards and lost a fumble.

    Walker started in place of Sam Darnold (shoulder), but he quickly saw fellow quarterback Cam Newton steal the spotlight. Newton began by rushing for a two-yard touchdown on Carolina's first drive, then threw a two-yard score on the next one. In his first game back with the Panthers, Newton only featured here and there, but his overall impact still trumped that of Walker, who turned it over twice despite otherwise finishing with a tidy completion percentage. Looking ahead to Week 11's matchup versus Washington, it'll be interesting to see whether Walker's familiarity with the offense will be enough for him to stave off his newfound competition from Newton to start at quarterback, as it was revealed Sunday that Darnold is unlikely to play again this season.

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  • Panthers' P.J. Walker: Starting in Week 10

    Walker officially will be the Panthers' starting quarterback Sunday at Arizona, Darin Gantt of the team's official site reports.

    With Sam Darnold potentially sidelined for the rest of the season due to a fractured right scapula, Walker will be given the first chance to serve as Carolina's No. 1 QB. But it could be a one-and-done situation for Walker after the Panthers brought Cam Newton back into the fold Thursday. While Newton is active Sunday, he likely won't have much more than situational work considering he only was a part of game prep for two days. In seven career appearances, Walker has completed 35 of 71 passes (49.3 percent) for 401 yards, one touchdown and five interceptions. He also has seven carries for 10 yards.

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  • Panthers' P.J. Walker: Starting Sunday

    The Panthers will start Walker in Sunday's game at Arizona, despite the recent signing of Cam Newton, Darin Gantt of the team's official site reports.

    After Sam Darnold sustained a broken right scapula Week 9 against the Patriots, he was given a recovery timetable of at least four weeks. Walker initially was the next man up, but Carolina opted to have a reunion with Newton on Thursday after nearly 20 months apart. According to Joe Person of The Athletic, coach Matt Rhule noted Friday it is "not very likely" that Newton plays Sunday, but his mind could be swayed by how he looks Saturday. On top of that, offensive coordinator Joe Brady said "everything's on the table" regarding Newton stepping on the field this weekend. If active Sunday, Newton likely won't earn more than situational work while Walker directs the offense.

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  • Panthers' P.J. Walker: Starting in Week 10

    Head coach Matt Rhule announced Wednesday that Walker will start at quarterback in place of Sam Darnold (shoulder) this weekend at Arizona, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

    Walker will move up on the depth chart after Rhule said that Darnold will be out at least four weeks due to the fractured right scapula he suffered this past Sunday versus the Patriots. In seven appearances (one start) with the team over the last two seasons, Walker has completed 35 of 71 passes (49.3 percent) for 401 yards (5.6 YPA), one touchdown and five interceptions. Beneath Walker on the quarterback depth chart are Matt Barkley, who was signed off the Titans' practice squad Tuesday to handle backup duties Week 10.

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  • Panthers' P.J. Walker: Still in line to start Sunday

    Coach Matt Rhule said Thursday that Walker is expected to start Sunday's game at Arizona, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

    In the wake of the Panthers re-signing Cam Newton, there are question marks surrounding the quarterback room in Carolina. Sam Darnold is slated to miss at least four weeks due to a fractured right scapula, leaving Walker as the in-house candidate to lead the offense in the meantime. But with Newton back in Charlotte, Walker may be afforded only one start as the former gets acclimated to a new coaching staff and playbook. Assuming Walker is under center Sunday, he'll be facing a Cardinals defense that has given up the third-best YPA (6.5) and 13 TD passes to QBs in nine games this season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 210 lbs
Age: 26
School: Temple
Experience: 2