CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers are scheduled to open training camp on July 28 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte in what best can be described as a rebuilding year for first-year NFL head coach Matt Rhule. Carolina is coming off consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 2011-12, quarterback Cam Newton's first two years in the league. With Newton now at New England the task of turning things around falls into the hands of Teddy Bridgewater. Here's a 53-man roster projection.
The Cam Newton era is over. Bridgewater is the quarterback Rhule and his staff believed was the best fit to lead this offense. He is 22-12 as a starter in his NFL career, including 5-0 with New Orleans last year. He worked with new offensive coordinator Joe Brady in New Orleans in 2018. Signing him to a three-year, $63 million deal just made sense. It also makes sense to keep two other quarterbacks, with Grier entering only his second season and Walker a project from the XFL. Walker might have the edge as the No. 2 QB as a former starter for Rhule at Temple.