Quarterbacks were the talk of the 2021 NFL Draft given a deep class at the position. Five QBs went in the first round alone, though several talented prospects were taken after that and picked up as undrafted free agents.
The Carolina Panthers will kick off the 2021 NFL season with a new starting signal-caller after acquiring Sam Darnold from the New York Jets at the start of April. The Panthers and their fans are hoping that they can help Darnold realize his potential and become their quarterback of the future.
With that being said, here's a look at the Panthers' updated QB depth chart for 2021.
Panthers QB Depth Chart 2021
1. Sam Darnold
With Teddy Bridgewater gone to Denver, Darnold is the man in town now. The 23-year-old is coming off of a disappointing season that saw him throw for 2,208 passing yards and 9 touchdowns to 11 interceptions in 12 games. Considering that he was on one of the worst teams in the league last season, the only place for Darnold to go now is up.
2. P.J. Walker
P.J. Walker was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Indianapolis Colts back in 2017. After spending a couple of seasons on their practice squad, he joined the XFL before signing a two-year, $1.5 million contract with the Panthers in 2020. Walker's played in four NFL games so far, including one start, but he's only completed 57.1% of his passes and has a 1:5 touchdown to interception ratio.
3. Will Grier
Will Grier was drafted by the Panthers 100th overall in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. While he was impressive for West Virginia during his college days, he hasn't been able to translate that to the NFL level. Grier is winless in two starts, having yet to throw a touchdown while already recording 4 interceptions.
4. Tommy Stevens
A seventh-round selection in 2020 by the New Orleans Saints, Tommy Stevens joined the Panthers' roster back in November of last year. There's no guarantee that he'll see a prominent role with the Panthers, but the opportunity is should Walker and Grier falter.
5. Peyton Ramsey
After going undrafted this year, the Panthers have brought in Northwestern QB Peyton Ramsey on a tryout deal. He put up over 1,700 yards and 12 touchdowns in nine games last season, so he likely won't 'wow' the football world, but he could challenge for the third-string role if any of the above signal-callers are too complacent.
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