P.J. Walker looking to bring the juice for Panthers at quarterback

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With Sam Darnold set to miss 4-6 weeks, P.J. Walker has been tasked to pick up the starting quarterback job with the Carolina Panthers for the foreseeable future.

While Walker made one start last year for the Panthers, this will be his first extended starting stretch since a five-game run as the starting quarterback for the Houston Roughnecks of the XFL in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic caused the league to cease operations.

Walker was a candidate to be league MVP for the Roughnecks with 15 touchdowns and four interceptions in those five starts. Now at the helm of the Panthers, Walker is looking to bring his energy to the lineup much like he did in Houston.

I’m going to just revert back to when I played in the XFL, to be honest,” Walker said, via Darin Gantt of the team’s website. “I had a lot of fun, enjoyed the moment. I’m extremely excited, but when I go out there, I want to stay extremely excited, because the guys around me need that energy, need that juice, and I want to bring it on Sunday.

“That’s the most important thing; I want to bring that juice. I want to show them that juice, but also know that I need to be calm and settled when it’s time to go out there and play.”

Walker completed 24 of 34 passes for 258 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in his lone start for the Panthers last year. The effort was enough for a victory in a 20-0 defeat of the Detroit Lions. He also got 22 snaps in the season finale against the New Orleans Saints. That performance did not go as well as Walker completed just five passes in 14 attempts and was intercepted three times.

With a better understanding of the Panthers offense with a year under his belt, Walker is looking to play within himself. It will be a tough task with the league leading Arizona Cardinals ahead this weekend.

“Just doing my job, not doing too much,” Walker said. “As a quarterback, when you feel like you can make a lot of plays, you tend to do a lot more than you need to or are asked to do, and things start to go bad. So take what’s there, play the game smart, and go out and lead the guys and have fun and play great football.”

8 responses to “P.J. Walker looking to bring the juice for Panthers at quarterback

  1. The juice he’s looking for is plentiful. It’s called Picked-Off Punch. Prepare for a huge glass, Panther fans.

  2. Ahhhh that’s cute. This dude is in for a longgggggg day come Sunday. Vance Joseph is going to have this kid seeing ghosts and will have a turnover two by the mid 2nd quarter. Honestly I feel bad for this dude being forced to start against the NFLs best overall defense from top to bottom in his first start this season. That’s not even fair to ask of a veteran starting QB coming back in after missing some time..

  3. The Panthers are pretty much done for 2021. As for the XFL, I was season ticket fan for Tampa Bay Vipers and while “fun” while it lasted, the XFL was clearly bleeding from serious debt and I think the pandemic was a convenient excuse to shut down. The league was clearly not “professional” level in quality of play. But again, not knocking it…will support it again if it comes back. All that said, I don’t think PJ is a pro level QB. Yup, CAR is done.

  4. At Temple where Walker played for Matt Rhule Walker had accuracy issues. I never saw him as an NFL quality QB. Of course I never saw Darnold as a very good NFL prospect either. Rhule was nuts to go with these two guys.

  5. ” the XFL was clearly bleeding from serious debt and I think the pandemic was a convenient excuse to shut down. The league was clearly not “professional” level in quality of play”

    Actually they were certainly professional as far as the play concerned, but not major league professional. Minor league baseball teams and hockey teams are considered professional leagues but no one would call those teams major league either.

    The NFL could dearly use a professional minor football league to allow players to develop that otherwise would not.

  6. P.J. Walker looking to bring the juice for Panthers at quarterback
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    Skip the juice, P.J., bring tissues for the defense. Mac still has them in tears.

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