Carolina Panthers Confirm Rookie Quarterback Will Grier To Start In Week 16
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers has confirmed that Will Grier will be the starting quarterback in the Sunday game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Interim head coach Perry Fewell made the decision and announced it on Thursday following practice.
“Will has demonstrated to us that he’s ready to start this football game on Sunday, so he will be our starter,” Fewell said in a Carolina Panthers news release.
WCCB’s Sports Reporter Zach Aldridge who was at the press conference tweeted that Offense Coach Scott Turner said that there will be no limitations for Grier in the playbook and also added that he has been ready since week three.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers now going into week 16 are looking to switch gears and start Quarterback Will Grier instead of Kyle Allen, a report stated.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Monday that the Panthers are expected to give rookie Grier, a third-round pick, the starting position in the game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, December 22.
Grier was picked 100th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft pick.
As a quarterback, Grier has an impressive background prior to his professional career.
In high school he was named the Parade All-American Player of the Year and during his college career at West Virginia he ended his senior season by finishing fourth place in votes for the Heisman Trophy, a Panthers news release stated.
“Will’s been outstanding. He’s preparing every week like he’s going to play,” quarterbacks coach Scott Turner said in a Panthers news release. “Obviously, he’s got to be ready, he’s one play away from going in and having to play. I think if something God forbid ever happened, then he’d be ready to go and play well.”
Grier would be replacing Allen as the starting quarterback if he is to start in Sunday’s game.
Allen has been the starting quarterback for the Panthers ever since Week 2 of the season when Cam Newton suffered from an injury and was later put on injured reserve.
Currently the Panthers are on a six game losing streak.
The Panthers are now fourth in the NFC South with a 5-9 record after losing a close game with the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, December 5.
The Carolina Panthers have not yet confirmed that Will Grier will be starting on Sunday’s game against the Colts.