The Carolina Panthers have their starting quarterback and wide receivers settled with long-time NFL players, but they have boosted their depth chart with arguably the two best players from the 2020 XFL season.
The Panthers signed former Houston Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker earlier this offseason, and on Wednesday, they are signing former Roughnecks wide receiver Cam Phillips, according to reporter Aaron Wilson. Over the course of five games, Phillips caught 31 passes for 455 yards and 9 touchdowns, all league-leading performances. Walker threw for a league-leading 1,338 yards and 15 touchdowns, and was second with a 104.4 QB rating.
Teddy Bridgewater will start at quarterback for the Panthers, while D.J. Moore, Robby Anderson, and Curtis Samuel will likely be the team’s top three receivers. Depth is always important, but this year a Covid-19 outbreak could quickly gut position groups. Neither Walker or Phillips have made an impact in the NFL since leaving college, but a strong performance in the spring could at least provide them with some chemistry on the practice field.