Will Grier

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Will Grier News

No game time in second season

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.

Analysis: 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 are also due to return, and the team could always draft or sign another signal-caller during the offseason.

Jan 11, 2021 4:43 PM EST

Set for No. 2 role in Week 11

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.

Analysis: 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.

Nov 22, 2020 9:23 AM EST

Backup gig up for grabs

Matt Rhule said Wednesday that he intends to give Grier and P.J. Walker even practice reps this week to determine who earns the No. 2 quarterback job, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Analysis: Top quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (knee) managed to begin the week with a limited practice, but the MCL sprain in his right knee still puts his availability for Week 11 in question. Whomever of Grier or Walker successfully wins the backup competition this week will therefore need to be monitored closely, particularly in fantasy leagues that start multiple quarterbacks.

Nov 18, 2020 2:48 PM EST

Takes back No. 2 role

Grier will serve as the team's backup quarterback for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, David Newton of ESPN reports.

Analysis: 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.

Nov 8, 2020 8:51 AM EST

Sitting out Sunday

Grier (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Saints, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: 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.

Oct 25, 2020 9:11 AM EST

Will be No. 2 QB against Cardinals

Grier is listed as the Panthers' backup quarterback for Sunday's matchup against Arizona, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Grier struggled during his 2019 rookie campaign when given opportunities, throwing to a 53.8 percent completion rate with zero touchdown passes and four interceptions in his two starts. Regardless of early turbulence in his career, Grier has still emerged as Carolina's No. 2 quarterback in three of the team's four games this season, while XFL standout P.J. Walker finds himself inactive for Week 4.

Oct 4, 2020 9:07 AM EST

Backing up Bridgewater on Sunday

Grier will be the No. 2 quarterback behind Teddy Bridgewater for Sunday's game versus the Raiders, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Grier predictably beat out XFL star P.J. Walker for the backup role to Bridgewater. The 2019 third-round pick logged 87 snaps over two games in his rookie season, and he completed 54 percent of his passes and recorded 4.4 yards per attempt, zero touchdowns and four interceptions.

Sep 13, 2020 9:41 AM EST

Clear of foot injury

Grier (foot) was fully cleared of his bone bruise and mid-foot sprain in February, Joseph Person of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: 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.

Jun 24, 2020 3:46 PM EST

Getting MRI on foot

Offensive coordinator Scott Turner said that Grier (foot) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Turner noted that Grier didn't fracture his left foot in Sunday's 42-10 loss to the Saints, but the rookie signal-caller is donning a walking boot as a precaution for now. The MRI should provide clarity on the extent of Grier's 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.

Dec 30, 2019 8:50 AM EST

Won't be back Sunday

Grier (foot) won't return to Sunday's contest versus the Saints, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: 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.

Dec 29, 2019 12:36 PM EST

Suffers foot injury

Grier was removed from Sunday's game against the Saints due to a foot injury, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

Analysis: 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 and an interception while adding three carries for five yards. Kyle Allen took over under center for the Panthers.

Dec 29, 2019 11:17 AM EST

Keeping starting job for finale

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.

Analysis: 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 in 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. He'll likely 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.

Dec 23, 2019 9:57 AM EST

Tosses three picks in debut

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.

Analysis: Grier had a few nice moments during his career debut for his hometown team, including a nice 12-yard completion between defenders on fourth down 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. He may be without the Panthers' best 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.

Dec 22, 2019 3:35 PM EST

Will get starting nod Sunday

Interim coach Perry Fewell said Grier will start Sunday at Indianapolis, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Analysis: 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).

Dec 19, 2019 10:30 AM EST

Takes first-team reps Wednesday

Interim coach Perry Fewell said Grier received all the quarterback reps during Wednesday's practice, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: 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.

Dec 18, 2019 11:38 AM EST

Slated to make pro debut Week 16

Grier is expected to get his first NFL start Sunday at Indianapolis, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: In fact, the action will mark the first for Grier in the NFL. 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, so the 2019 third-round pick will be leading the offense for the first team when the team takes the practice field Wednesday.

Dec 16, 2019 11:28 AM EST

In mix for Week 16 start

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.

Analysis: 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 in Week 3, when Cam Newton went down with what was ultimately 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.

Dec 16, 2019 9:35 AM EST

Sticking in backup role

Coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Grier will remain the backup to Kyle Allen, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: 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.

Dec 2, 2019 9:45 AM EST

Commits two turnovers

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.

Analysis: 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.

Aug 29, 2019 8:18 PM EST

Closes third exhibition outing

Grier completed four of eight passes for 44 yards in Thursday night's 10-3 preseason loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: 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.

Aug 22, 2019 9:13 PM EST

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