Panthers rookie QB Matt Corral left in the 4th quarter of Friday night's preseason game against the Patriots with a left foot injury. It's not yet clear how significant the issue is, though Corral reportedly left the stadium with a walking boot on the foot. The rookie doesn't appear likely to start games this season anyway.
Panthers HC Matt Rhule told reporters Saturday that QB Matt Corral suffered a "significant" Lisfranc injury. That seems likely to wipe out the rookie season for Corral, who wasn't pegged for immediate playing time anyway.
Panthers OC Ben McAdoo said Tuesday that rookie QB Matt Corral is "slowly and quietly improving," according to Darin Gantt of the team website. "He has a unique skill set," the coach added. "He has some juice to him, personality wise." The trade for QB Baker Mayfield likely killed any shot Corral might have had at starting early in his rookie year. And this sounds like a coach offering measured optimism. Corral still makes for an interesting dynasty stash, with neither Mayfield nor Sam Darnold signed beyond this season.
Speaking at minicamp, Panthers HC Matt Rhule indicated that QB Matt Corral isn’t close to earning the starting job. “He has a good spirit, a good demeanor about him when he walks in the building. And I think he understands there’s no timetable for him,” Rhule said Tuesday. “I think he has that sense of urgency when he works. I respect the way he works. But he has a lot to learn. A lot to learn.” None of this should be shocking — it’s June, and Corral’s a Round 3 rookie. Still, with Sam Darnold running with the starters and Carolina reportedly very interested in Baker Mayfield, Corral’s path to year 1 snaps looks rough. He’s a dynasty-only stash for now.
The Panthers' starting QB job is "up for grabs," GM Scott Fitterer said. Fitterer said that Sam Darnold "is the number one guy right now" and "has every opportunity to take it and run with it." But he also added that QB Matt Corral will play if he “gives us the best opportunity to win.” Frankly, it's a win for the rookie that the GM isn't fully committing to the veteran at this point of the offseason. If it's truly an open competition in training camp, Corral has a shot to be under center come Week 1.
According to Joseph Person of The Athletic, the Panthers were impressed by QB Matt Corral’s “arm talent, the ability to make plays with his feet, his toughness and competitiveness.” Corral came off the board as the QB4 in Round 3. “For a young, developmental quarterback coming into this league,” HC Matt Rhule said, “I think he’s got all the physical tools and seems to have the mental makeup. We’re excited to be able to work with him.” Carolina could still add a veteran passer, but Person writes that the “feeling” inside the Carolina organization is that they won’t go in that direction. Given what we've seen from Sam Darnold, there's a real chance Corral starts games in 2022.
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