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NFL World Reacts To Panthers Quarterback News

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A day after the Carolina Panthers pulled off a stunning win over Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced it's sticking with the quarterback who engineered the upset.

Interim head coach Steve Wilks said Monday that the Panthers will start P.J. Walker behind center against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, regardless of whether Sam Darnold or Baker Mayfield are healthy. 

The news has elicited a mixed response. Some fans are happy for Walker, the journeyman who went undrafted out of Temple and spent a year playing in the XFL. Walker completed 16 of 22 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns against the Bucs.

Others see the promotion as less of a vote of confidence in Walker and more of a condemnation of Mayfield and Darnold, the two former high draft picks whom the Panthers have brought in the past two offseasons. 

Mayfield started the first five games of the season before he was sidelined by a sprained ankle. Darnold started 11 games last season but has not yet played this season because of an ankle sprain of his own, suffered during the preseason. The Panthers designated Darnold to return from the injured reserve last week.

Time will tell whether Walker can maintain the starting job. Regardless, it seems likely that the Panthers, who fired head coach Matt Rhule two weeks ago, will look to the NFL Draft for their quarterback of the future.