Kyle Allen has not played well over the past month or so after many were quick to say he is worthy of taking Cam Newton’s starting job, and the Carolina Panthers may now get a look at another quarterback down the stretch.
Panthers interim head coach Perry Fewell would not commit to Allen as the team’s Week 16 starter while speaking with the media on Monday. He said a decision will be made on Wednesday, which means Carolina is at least considering the possibility of giving rookie Will Grier his first career start.
Allen has thrown 10 interceptions in his last five starts, and the Panthers have lost six games in a row. They’ve cooled off considerably since they went 5-1 in the first six games he played in after Newton went down. Suddenly, Allen doesn’t look as much like a franchise quarterback as he did when opponents had less film on him.
Grier, a former star at West Virginia, was Carolina’s third-round pick in this year’s draft. It would make sense for the Panthers to give him some reps now that they are 5-9 and out of the playoff hunt, but that doesn’t bode well for Allen’s future.
It seemed like a foregone conclusion at one point that Newton’s days with the Panthers were numbered, but we have heard some reports recently that make that sound less certain. If he’s healthy, there’s no question Newton is a better player than Allen. The Panthers seem more likely to keep Newton this offseason if they bench Allen for the final two games.
One wildcard when a team with an established quarterback selects a young one in the NFL Draft is how the entrenched starter will react to it. In the case of the Carolina Panthers, the answer appears to be pretty well.
Carolina selected quarterback Will Grier with their third round selection in the draft. It seems to have been met with the approval of current starter Cam Newton, as the incumbent liked the Instagram post announcing the pick.
The reality is, unlike some other teams who have some doubt around their quarterback situations, Newton is entrenched and not going anywhere. Grier is no threat to his job, so Newton can pretty freely approve of such a depth move without worrying about his future.
The New York Giants appear to be committed to finding their quarterback of the future before the start of the 2019 season, and they likely have several contingency plans in place if they don’t land their top option.
The Giants have been linked to just about every top QB prospect in the draft, and ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reported on Thursday that they are eyeing Duke’s Daniel Jones or Missouri’s Drew Lock. They have two first-round picks (No. 6 and No. 17), so they should have a good shot at landing one of the two. However, they may end up trading back for West Virginia’s Will Grier if they miss out on their first choices.
Grier is kind of the forgotten QB prospect in this year’s draft class, as most of the talk has been around Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins, Jones and Lock. However, the Giants are not the only team that has expressed interest in him, and it would not be a surprise if he doesn’t make it past the first round.
It would be fair to say that the 2019 quarterback class is not the most elite one we’ve ever seen. Serious questions linger around even the top-ranked signal-callers on the big board, and neither of them looks like a guaranteed franchise quarterback. That won’t stop quarterback-needy teams from pursuing them and spending high draft picks on some of them, because there’s a good bit to dream on, too.
Here are the top ten quarterbacks in the 2019 draft class.
10. Brett Rypien, Boise State
There is certainly a family pedigree here, as Brett Rypien is the nephew of former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien. A four-year starter at Boise State, he also has experience, and it showed — Rypien was very good at reading progressions and getting a quick release in college, and is a fairly accurate and intelligent passer. Teams will like that. The problems come in the fact that he’s a bit undersized (6-foot-2, 210 pounds), can be rattled by pressure, and most importantly, has questionable arm strength for the NFL level. A lot of his 29 college interceptions came from poorly-thrown or inaccurate deep balls. He could be groomed to succeed in a shorter passing game, and has enough skills to make an NFL roster.
Tom Brady has repeatedly said that he wants to play several more seasons, but that is not stopping the New England Patriots from getting an up-close look at some of his potential replacements leading up to this year’s draft.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Patriots hosted Duke’s Daniel Jones and West Virginia’s Will Grier for visits on Wednesday.
The Patriots have the last pick in the first round, which is No. 32 overall. Grier will probably still be available then, but it seems unlikely that Jones would be. If quarterbacks start coming off the board quickly, the Patriots would probably have to trade up to draft Jones.
In addition to hosting at least two top QB prospects for visits, the Patriots are among the teams potentially interested in trading for a quarterback who started last year. Even if Brady plays until he is 45, Bill Belichick might want him to start grooming the next guy. That could mean drafting a quarterback in New England sooner rather than later.
Will Grier has been somewhat of a forgotten prospect with all of the talk surrounding Kyler Murray and some other quarterbacks heading into the NFL Draft, but the former West Virginia star could end up being taken earlier than many expect.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was told by an NFL scout that Grier “put on a show” at his Pro Day in Morgantown this week, and it would not be a surprise if he is a “riser” as the draft nears.
Grier posted monster numbers with the Mountaineers last season. His 3,864 yards and 37 touchdown passes both ranked in the top 10 in the nation, yet we have heard more talk about Murray, Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock. Most experts don’t think Grier will be taken in the first round, but that could change in a hurry depending on how early some of the other QBs are taken.
Grier was one of several top college players who chose to sit out his team’s bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft, and it appears his hard work is paying off.
The practice of projected NFL draftees skipping their bowl games has become more commonplace in recent seasons, but West Virginia quarterback Will Grier looks set to be the first prominent quarterback to hop on the train.
The school announced Saturday morning that Grier would not appear in the Camping World Bowl and would instead focus on preparing for the NFL Draft, with the quarterback issuing a statement of thanks to Mountaineers fans.
Grier simply doesn’t want to risk injury ahead of the NFL Draft in what is becoming an increasingly common sentiment. In fact, one prominent player didn’t even try to come back this season for the same reason after succumbing to injury. It won’t make the NCAA or bowl sponsors happy, but Grier probably won’t be the last big name to opt against playing in one of the lesser bowl games.
West Virginia got a major scare on Saturday after Will Grier suffered a brief but ugly-looking injury.
Grier had his leg rolled over by a defender after being horse collar tackled late in the first quarter against the Texas Longhorns. The Mountaineers quarterback stayed down for a bit, and fears rose that something serious had happened.
Fortunately for West Virginia, Grier re-entered the game almost immediately for the start of the second quarter.
Grier, a longshot Heisman candidate, is a huge part of the West Virginia offense. He certainly didn’t look any worse for wear after returning, throwing an 18-yard touchdown pass on his second play back under center.
We’re starting to get into the business end of the college football season, with conference championship games a little more than a month away. That means it’s not too early to start thinking of awards, including the Heisman Trophy, the sport’s most prestigious.
Even in late October, we have a pretty solid idea of who has a good chance of being invited to New York for the Heisman ceremony and ultimately winning the trophy. Here are the ten leading candidates as things stand.
10) Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemsom
Lawrence doesn’t quite have the elite stat line you look for in a Heisman contender, but he has a pretty favorable schedule coming up and a very real opportunity to lead the Tigers to an unbeaten record headed into bowl season. Those two factors alone mean his performances are worth watching. The freshman has thrown for 1,176 yards and 12 touchdowns to just two interceptions and looks like a budding star. Even if 2018 proves too soon for Lawrence, it’s easy to see him seriously contending for the Heisman in a year or two.
The college football season is upon us, which should have fans pumped across the country. Though it will take a while to get a sense for the best 25 teams in the country, we do have our preseason top 25 entering the first full slate of games. Those teams will be relying on some key players all season. Here is a look at the most important player for each of the preseason’s top 25 teams.
1) Alabama — Tua Tagovailoa, QB
After taking over the second half of the national championship game, Tagovailoa showed what he can do. He is mobile, fearless, and has a big arm. He can give Alabama the kind of big-play ability at quarterback they haven’t seen for a while — possibly ever. He has no shortage of talent around him, much of it NFL-level, and he has already demonstrated skill and poise in the most pressure-filled situation. Expect him to have a solid year at minimum.