Who Will Be Under Center For the Carolina Panthers At The Start Of 2021?

The Carolina Panthers wrapped up the 2020 season with a 5-11 mark, good for third in the NFC South but nowhere near where the organization wants to be.

Part of the reason for the tough season was the inconsistency on offense, and the team like so many others is going to be on the lookout to upgrade the quarterback spot in 2021.

Teddy Bridgewater was brought in to start 2020 under center, and he started 15 of the team’s 16 games. He threw for 3733 yards with 15 touchdowns and 11 picks, but just wasn’t the playmaker the team needed carrying a QB rating of 92.1.

So who would come play QB for the Panthers in 2021? Ian Rapoport of NFL Network says that Carolina will at least be mentioned in the race to try and land unhappy Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson.

There’s still no word on exactly what the Texans would want for Watson, but if given the chance the Panthers likely would at least entertain an offer for the superstar quarterback.

If Watson can’t be had, the Panthers do own the 8th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and they could look to the draft to snag their quarterback of the future.

While there’s no way that Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence will be available at eight, there are plenty of other options for the Panthers at quarterback.

Ohio State’s Justin Fields, BYU’s Zach Wilson, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, Alabama’s Mac Jones, and Florida’s Kyle Trask all are names that could be sitting at eight when the Panthers pick.

It remains to be seen what direction Carolina goes in to fill that quarterback spot in 2021, but don’t be surprised to see a new face under center when the season begins.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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