QB Will Grier - Carolina Panthers

6-2, 217Born: 0-0-0000College: West VirginiaDrafted: Round 3, pick 100 (2019)

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Matt Waldman's Rookie Scouting Portfolio pre-draft publication ranked Grier as its top-ranked passer slightly ahead of Kyler Murray. According to several outlets, so did the Panthers. Grier possesses excellent vertical accuracy and anticipation and he has shown signs of quickly picking up the Carolina offense. Because Cam Newton is coming off his second consecutive off-season surgery to his throwing shoulder, Grier could have a chance to play if something goes wrong.

Summary

Carolina drafted Will Grier in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Grier was drafted to be the understudy for Cam Newton, in the event Newton's shoulder injury is slow to return to form, or if an injury further complicates the situation. As a passer, Grier shows promise on touch passes and accuracy, but his arm strength is not considered elite. The Panthers staff believes his lack of an elite arm is not an issue in their offense. He will have the opportunity to showcase his abilities in the preseason and possibly earn the backup role outright with a favorable showing. (May 23)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Dynasty - 36, 34, 37, 37, 38, 42
Overall Rookie - 53, 38, 39

Stats and Projections

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2019 PROJ-Henry 4.0 29.0 50.0 * * * 5.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Wood 0.0 0.0 0.0 * * * 0.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Tremblay 0.0 0.0 0.0 * * * 0.0 * * *

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Latest News

Panthers | Taylor Heinicke leading QB2 race (Wed Jul 10, 01:56 AM) - Carolina Panthers QB Taylor Heinicke was more impressive than QBs Will Grier and Kyle Allen this spring, according to the Charlotte Observer's Brendan Marks, who predicts Heinicke will open the 2019 season as the backup with Grier in the third spot. Marks believes the team will try to stash Allen on the practice squad, but other teams could be interested.

Our View: Heinicke has always had talent as a passer, mostly his touch and accuracy on short-to-intermediate throws. We don't think he holds off the rookie Grier for that long, and we'll be watching both closely in the preseason. Grier is a player we have a lot of appreciation for in dynasty formats. Heinicke has backup written all over him, while Grier has the upside to one day be a starter (and maybe a good one) in the future.
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