While other quarterbacks are getting the offense near the end zone, Weinke is getting them in.
In two preseason games, the Panthers have scored three offensive touchdowns, all of them with Weinke under center. A year ago, the Panthers benched Weinke because he didn't produce. If you use that same logic this year, Weinke should be starting - or at the very least getting some reps with the first team.
In two games he's completed 15 of 20 passes for 145 yards and also showed some ability to get out of the pocket in Saturday night's game against the New York Giants, rushing for 18 yards on three carries. And, Weinke has looked better than the other three quarterbacks in practice.
Some will argue that Weinke's numbers are slightly tainted since he's been working against a second team defense (even though he's playing with the second team offense).
Of course, there's only one way to found out. But it doesn't sound like head coach Fox is going to change his approach, at least not this week.
When asked about his quarterback rotation after the game, he replied, "I think all of our quarterback have looked sharp at this point and we'll just continue on that rotation."
When he's asked to break down the play of his quarterbacks, Fox remains purposely vague. Maybe he doesn't want to give up his game plan. Maybe he's planning on pulling a late switch like he did last season. Or maybe he's just hasn't made up his mind and needs more time.
In any event, Weinke is giving the coaching staff something to think about. Panthers offensive coordinator Dan Henning, the man who recommended Weinke be benched prior to last year's season opener, is singing his praises this year.
"Chris' performance is much better than it was when he played last year," Henning said. "I like what he's doing. He's never deviated. He's worked hard. He's been professional about everything he's done."
Henning called Weinke's 2002 season a "throw away" year and seems open to giving him another shot.
That's saying something, since many wrote Weinke off as being a salary cap casualty even before the team arrived at their June minicamp.
"You're talking about coming off a year (in 2001) in which he was thrown into the mix seven days before the season started," Henning said.
"And then the team not doing well and him taking the heat for it. And then last year he wasn't able to throw much before training camp. But he's come back out this year and worked real hard."