UPDATE: Welp, he just threw his second interception and it was once again in the end zone. The Panthers have a 17-0 lead, but this is not helpful.
P.J. Walker is thriving in his first-ever NFL start for the Carolina Panthers against the Detroit Lions. The former XFL star has put together a strong stat line while filling in for the injured Teddy Bridgewater (knee) and has looked comfortable under Matt Rhule, who coached him at Temple.
Walker is 24-of-32 passing for 258 yards with a touchdown and an interception. While he made a mistake in an enemy territory by throwing a pick in the end zone, he bounced back by throwing his first NFL touchdown pass to Curtis Samuel later in the contest.
Walker has a quarter and some change to play and is on track to get the Panthers a win while maintaining the fantasy value of Carolina’s wideouts. He’s taken a liking to D.J. Moore, who’s racked up 127 receiving yards on seven catches. Samuel has eight catches for 70 yards and a score.