The Carolina Panthers are putting their faith in Andy Dalton as their starting quarterback following an ankle injury to Bryce Young that’s expected to keep the former No. 1 overall pick out for a few weeks.
However, they’re also making sure they have some options.
Jake Luton was officially signed to the Panthers practice squad earlier this week. NFL Network’s Cameron Wolfe was the first to report the news. The expectation is that the Panthers will officially call up Luton from the practice squad to the active roster on Saturday, making him the backup quarterback behind Dalton against the Seattle Seahawks.
Luton, who played college football at Idaho, Ventura County Community College and Oregon State, joined the Panthers after a few seasons as a journeyman with the Jaguars, Seahawks, Dolphins and Saints. Jacksonville drafted him in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He’s appeared in three NFL games, starting three (0-3), and has earned a 54.5 completion percentage, 473 passing yards, two touchdowns and six interceptions.
Luton appeared in two games during the preseason this year, going 8-of-19 for 115 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
The Panthers are hoping that Dalton, and Luton if needed, are enough to get them by in Young’s absence.