The Carolina Panthers are planning to give third-round draft pick Will Grier his first NFL start Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, a league source told ESPN.
The team is expected to make the official announcement tomorrow but really—the unofficial announcement was made by second-year QB Kyle Allen, who had another abysmal performance in Sunday’s 30-24 home loss to the Seattle Seahawks, where he threw three more interceptions.
Allen had been the starter since Cam Newton was sidelined with a Lisfranc injury after a Week Two loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had people all but convinced the Panthers would be moving on from Newton after Allen won his first four starts and five of his first six to help the Panthers to a 5-3 record.
But since then, Carolina has lost six straight games to fall out of playoff contention and, in those games, Allen has thrown 11 interceptions to only eight touchdowns during that stretch.
Interim coach Perry Fewell stood by Allen a week ago, saying he would be the starter against the Seahawks despite throwing two interceptions during a 40-20 loss at the Atlanta Falcons.
Seems he has committed to a change since then.