Scott Fitterer: Matt Corral will have a chance to learn at his own pace

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When the Panthers traded up to select Matt Corral in the third round of this year’s draft, there was some thought that he could potentially compete to start as a rookie.

Now that Carolina has acquired Baker Mayfield, Corral appears slated to be the team’s third quarterback for his rookie season. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, according to General Manager Scott Fitterer.

While the G.M. did not call 2022 a “red shirt” season for Corral, the players in front of the former Ole Miss QB should help him develop.

“The one good thing for Matt, there is a transition for him from a college offense he was in to an NFL offense, especially a [Ben] McAdoo offense, where there’s a lot of verbiage,” Fitterer said, via Darin Gantt of the team’s website. “This will allow him the chance to really learn at his own pace, learn from a couple of veterans in that room in Sam [Darnold] and Baker, and having PJ [Walker] in that room as well.

“And when it’s time for him to get out there and play, he can get out there and earn that job if he’s ready. But it’s going to be on him to learn and play well when he gets there. Right now, our focus is to get all of our quarterbacks up to speed so we can play good quality football at that position.”

Corral threw for 8,287 yards with 57 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in college. He’s currently the only quarterback on the Panthers’ roster under contract for the 2023 season.

8 responses to “Scott Fitterer: Matt Corral will have a chance to learn at his own pace

  1. Coming soon to a news story near you “I have no responsibility to mentor Matt C” – Baker Mayfield.

  2. If they carry (4) QB’s into the season, this is just about the most “Panther” thing the Panthers could possibly do…

  3. Don’t think PJ will be on the roster once the season rolls around unless they end up trading Darnold.

  4. With that putrid offensive line, it’s very possible all 4 QBs on the roster get a chance to start.

  5. His first opportunity to start may very well come in 2023, so “his own pace” of learning better be the common one year with a clipboard routine, or he could wind up as a perennial backup qb for his entire career.

  6. More than likely he’ll get a hang-nail by the end of the preseason and will be stashed on IR. This way he gets his experience in the preseason and they have him ready for next year.

  7. He will start this year, we all know how coach Rhule does things. He has no problem moving QB’s in and out of an offense. Baker is to small, Sam is Sam, and that offensive line is better, but there is still room for improvement.

  8. when you have 2 or more starting qb’s, the adage is true…you actually have none.

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