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June 24, 2020 06:48 PM
Panthers' Will Grier: Clear of foot injury
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Grier (foot) was fully cleared of his bone bruise and mid-foot sprain in February, Joseph Person of The Athletic reports.

The 2019 third-round pick started the final two games of his rookie year and completed 28 of 52 passes for 228 yards and four interceptions, but he went down in the season finale with the foot injury. Grier certainly struggled in his first NFL showing, but the Panthers were in a complete tailspin throughout the second half of the season. Teddy Bridgewater is set to start after signing a three-year, $63 million deal, while Grier will battle XFL standout P.J. Walker for backup duties.

December 30, 2019 12:40 PM
Panthers' Will Grier: Getting MRI on foot
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Grier (foot) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Offensive coordinator Scott Turner noted that Grier isn't believed to have fractured his left foot in Sunday's 42-10 loss to the Saints, but the rookie signal-caller will don a walking boot as a precaution for now. The MRI should provide clarity on the extent of his injury and allow the Panthers to put an estimated timeline on his return to activity. Grier started the final two games for the Panthers but looked far from NFL ready, completing 28 of 52 attempts (53.8 percent) for 228 yards, zero touchdowns and four interceptions.

December 29, 2019 03:40 PM
Panthers' Will Grier: Won't be back Sunday
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Grier (foot) won't return to Sunday's contest versus the Saints, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Grier didn't fare well in his brief time on the field, completing one of eight passes for four yards and one interception, losing a fumble and logging three rushes for five yards. The extent of his foot injury isn't known, but considering he initially was termed doubtful to return, it may be serious. Kyle Allen will lead the Panthers offense for the remainder of this contest.

December 29, 2019 06:16 PM
Panthers' Will Grier: Suffers foot injury
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Grier was removed from Sunday's game against the Saints due to a foot injury, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Grier limped off the field after a sack in the second quarter, and after an examination, he was carted to the locker room. Considered doubtful to return, he likely will end his day 1-for-8 passing for four yards, an interception and a lost fumble to go with three carries for five yards. Kyle Allen took over under center for the Panthers.

December 23, 2019 01:36 PM
Panthers' Will Grier: Keeping starting job for finale
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Interim coach Perry Fewell said Monday that Grier will retain the Panthers' starting quarterback job for the Week 17 matchup with the Saints, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Carolina will give the rookie third-round pick a chance to conclude the campaign on a high note after he struggled mightily in his NFL debut Week 16, despite having a favorable matchup against the vulnerable Colts pass defense. Though Grier wasn't helped by missing top wideout D.J. Moore (concussion) for much of the contest, the signal-caller still disappointed, completing 27 of 44 attempts for 224 yards (5.1 YPA), zero touchdowns and three interceptions while taking five sacks. Grier likely will need a more respectable showing against the Saints to give the Panthers more optimism heading into 2020 that he's even a viable backup option over the long haul.

December 22, 2019 07:08 PM
Panthers' Will Grier: Tosses three picks in debut
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Grier completed 27 of 44 passes for 224 yards and three interceptions during Sunday's 38-6 loss to the Colts. He added 17 yards on four carries.

Grier had a few nice moments during his career debut for his hometown team, including a 12-yard completion between defenders to Curtis Samuel to convert a fourth down in the second quarter. Grier also got bit with a few of the chances he took, including an early interception into triple coverage. It'd be a lot to expect for him to improve much for the season finale against New Orleans, particularly as he may be without the Panthers' top target, D.J. Moore (concussion), and will face an uptick in competition. The Saints' pass defense entered this week as the league's 14th-best pass defense based on opponent passer rating as compared to Indianapolis' 28th-ranked pass defense.

December 19, 2019 01:32 PM
Panthers' Will Grier: Will get starting nod Sunday
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Interim coach Perry Fewell said Grier will start Sunday at Indianapolis, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.

What was hinted at early in the week has come to pass: Grier will replace Kyle Allen under center Week 16. The Panthers already have fired long-time coach Ron Rivera and take a six-game losing streak into Sunday's game, so Grier won't be expected to be a savior. Instead, the team likely wants to see what months of development have yielded with the 2019 third-round pick. With Christian McCaffrey behind him, Grier may not be expected to do too much, even against the Colts' 21st-ranked pass defense (249.8 yards per game).

December 18, 2019 02:40 PM
Panthers' Will Grier: Takes first-team reps Wednesday
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Interim coach Perry Fewell said Grier received all the quarterback reps during Wednesday's practice, David Newton of reports.

Grier is expected to get his first NFL start Sunday at Indianapolis, which also will mark his initial in-game reps as a professional. Having said that, Fewell won't make a final decision on the swap of Grier for Kyle Allen until the Panthers complete practice Thursday, according to Steve Reed of the Associated Press.

December 17, 2019 11:48 AM
Panthers' Will Grier: Slated to make pro debut Week 16
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Grier is expected to get his first NFL start Sunday at Indianapolis, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

He'll take over for a struggling Kyle Allen, who has quarterbacked the Panthers during their current six-game losing streak. According to Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic, Grier has yet to receive first-team reps in practice, so the 2019 third-round pick will be leading the offense for the first time when Carolina takes the practice field Wednesday.

December 16, 2019 05:32 PM
Panthers' Will Grier: In mix for Week 16 start
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Interim coach Perry Fewell said that he's evaluating the Panthers' quarterback position and will announce Wednesday whether Grier or incumbent Kyle Allen draws the Week 16 start in Indianapolis, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Grier, a 2019 third-round pick, has yet to make his NFL debut after opening his rookie campaign third on the depth chart before moving up to the No. 2 spot Week 3, when Cam Newton went down with what ultimately was a season-ending foot injury. Allen guided the offense effectively in the Panthers' first handful of games sans Newton, but the second-year signal-caller has been a turnover machine of late, tossing 15 interceptions -- including three in the Week 15 loss to the Seahawks -- and fumbling seven times (losing three) over the past eight contests. The 5-9 Panthers don't have much at stake over the final two contests, so it makes sense for the organization to give Grier a look and see if he can be a potential long-term answer behind center.

December 2, 2019 12:48 PM
Panthers' Will Grier: Sticking in backup role
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Coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Grier will remain the backup to Kyle Allen, David Newton of reports.

Rivera said "who knows" when asked whether Grier will get an opportunity to play this season, per Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer. The rookie third-round pick hasn't seen any game action since the preseason. The Panthers are on a four-game losing streak, and it remains possible that the team could consider a change under center should that pattern continue.

August 29, 2019 11:20 PM
Panthers' Will Grier: Commits two turnovers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Grier completed 11 of 18 passes for 189 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Thursday night's 25-19 preseason win over the Steelers. He also rushed once for five yards but lost a fumble.

Grier entered the game after watching Kyle Allen put the Panthers in field-goal range on their first offensive drive. Although a 54-yard completion on Grier's first attempt helped him get the team to the five-yard line on their second series, he was subsequently stripped while attempting a potential touchdown pass, suddenly resulting in an 88-yard return for a score the other way. Grier would rebound from that disappointment by leading a field-goal drive immediately after, and he also found Aldrick Robinson for a 34-yard TD toward the end of the second quarter, but an interception from his own 14-yard line set up a Pittsburgh touchdown just before halftime. Overall, it was an uneven outing for the rookie, leaving it questionable whether he or Allen will serve as Cam Newton's backup in Week 1.

August 23, 2019 12:16 AM
Panthers' Will Grier: Closes third exhibition outing
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Grier completed four of eight passes for 44 yards in Thursday night's 10-3 preseason loss to the Patriots.

Grier was the third Panthers quarterback to enter the game, featuring behind Cam Newton and Kyle Allen. However, with Newton leaving the contest with an ankle sprain and Allen connecting on just three of six attempts for 16 yards, Grier's situation could be one to track. Although neither he nor Allen have really impressed this preseason, if Newton's injury clouds his Week 1 status, Carolina's second-stringer would suddenly gain value, potentially making the team's determination between Grier and Allen all the more important.

August 9, 2019 12:48 PM
Panthers' Will Grier: Tosses touchdown in victory
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Grier completed nine of 16 passes for 77 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Thursday night's 23-13 preseason win over the Bears. He also rushed once for 20 yards.

Grier replaced Kyle Allen in the second quarter and was picked off shortly thereafter. However, following that disappointment, Grier responded with a touchdown drive to start the third quarter, finding fellow rookie Elijah Holyfield from seven yards out. In also adding a long run on the night, Grier can be relatively satisfied with his debut and still looks likely to earn the Panthers' backup quarterback job.

April 27, 2019 05:48 PM
Panthers' Will Grier: Nabbed by Carolina in third round
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Panthers selected Grier in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 100th overall.

Grier is the fifth quarterback taken in this year's class after a unique college career that began at Florida and ended at West Virginia with a PED suspension in between. He lacks ideal arm strength, but he still threw for 7,354 yards and 71 touchdowns over his two seasons with the Mountaineers. There are drawbacks to his game, however; Grier can get reckless with the ball (20 interceptions at WVU). He'll be Cam Newton's backup, and it remains to be seen whether he has the skill set to be an NFL starter at some point.

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