Hunter Cantwell the True No. 2: Carolina Panthers' QB Situation Just Got Better

Jonathan MaurerCorrespondent IIJune 21, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 17: Hunter Cantwell #14 of the Carolina Panthers throws a pass during a preseason NFL game against the New York Giants on August 17, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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When the Carolina Panthers took Jimmy Clausen with the 48th overall pick, we all assumed that he would compete with Tony Pike and Matt Moore, while Hunter Cantwell would be cut from the team. 

But that doesn't seem to be the case. Cantwell has shown so far in minicamps and OTAs that he is the true No. 2 right now. According to the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers are "very high on Cantwell."  

Some might be concerned that Clausen could lose his No. 2 job to a guy who was undrafted. But let's not forget that Matt Moore, who is currently the starting quarterback, was also undrafted.

Also, despite Cantwell being undrafted, he is 6'4" and has a really good arm.  

It will be very interesting to see what the Panthers do.  

I think the Panthers will either trade Pike or Cantwell, with Pike most likely being traded. One possible trade scenario could be Pike to the Jacksonville Jaguars for Rashean Mathis. 

The Jags could give David Garrard more competition if they get Pike, and they also wouldn't have to give Mathis a new deal. The Panthers would certainly have a much improved secondary with Mathis.

That trade probably has a 35 percent chance of happening.  

Nobody knows what the Panthers will do with their quarterbacks at this point, but one thing is for sure: It's going to be a very interesting training camp for the Panthers.