The Carolina Panthers made waves on Thursday by announcing a reunion with former NFL MVP Cam Newton.
Newton signed a one-year deal that seemingly values him as Carolina’s starter shifting ahead regardless of the presence of injured incumbent starter Sam Darnold. The expectation right here is that Newton will find yourself beginning at some point. Unfortunately for the veteran and his new(ish) workforce, there’s not sufficient time to get him in control forward of Sunday’s sport in opposition to the NFC-best Arizona Cardinals.
Instead, Panthers head coach Matt Rhule introduced in his weekly presser on Thursday that P.J. Walker will get the starting nod.
Once Darnold went down with a shoulder injury and was positioned on short-term injured reserve earlier within the week, the belief was that Walker would get the beginning. Remember, Carolina added veteran journeyman Matt Barkley to the combination previous to signing Newton.
The 6-foot Walker led the XFL in passing yards (1,338) and touchdowns (15) whereas throwing solely 4 interceptions as a member of the Houston Roughnecks again in 2020. Sure, the standard of competitors within the XFL isn’t comparable, however he’s now no less than being given an opportunity — regardless of how short-lived that could be.