Panthers ' 53-man roster projection includes ex-XFL QB as backup

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.

QUARTERBACK (3): Teddy Bridgewater, Will Grier, P.J. Walker

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.