The Panthers had a first down with a penalty on the play. They were backed up to their own 20-yard line and would have been punting from there, but Newton was able to flip the field position after he fumbled off his back foot. He threw for another 31 yards before going out of bounds at midfield thanks to some hard running by Christian McCaffrey
The “north carolina panthers” is the team of NFL player Cam Newton. The team will be getting most of their first ever win in the season opener.
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Cam Newton will receive the majority of first-team practice repetitions this week in order to be ready to open his second season with the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.
The Washington Football Team and former Carolina coach Ron Rivera will face the 32-year-old quarterback, who was the first choice in the 2011 draft out of Auburn.
“Newton’s contribution in Sunday’s 34-10 road victory against the Arizona Cardinals, in which he backed up PJ Walker, was praised by Rhule on Monday. “He did a wonderful job [Sunday] having 10 plays that he was sort of ready for,” Rhule said. “We’ll begin preparing him. If he’s ready to begin, that’s fantastic.
“Obviously, PJ is accessible if he isn’t quite ready to do everything.” “Right now, that’s the plan.”
On his first two plays against Arizona, Newton scored two touchdowns, a 2-yard run and a 2-yard throw. He ran three times for 14 yards and a score on eight plays, completing three of four throw attempts for 8 yards and a touchdown.
This comes less than four days after the 2015 NFL MVP agreed to a one-year contract for up to $10 million.
“There’s a lot to learn in a short amount of time,” Rhule said, noting that Newton must thoroughly comprehend the two-minute package and the end-of-game package, among other things.
One thing Rhule isn’t concerned about is the amount of attention Newton, who has been characterized as having a big personality, receives. While he stresses that the game is about the team, not just one player, he recognizes that Newton brings with him more attention.
“‘I want all Cam has to offer,’ Rhule remarked. “Cam light is not something I desire. I don’t mind having full Cam as long as he’s focused on football, which he is. As long as Christian McCaffrey is focused on football, I want all Christian McCaffrey. I want Brian Burns to do anything he wants with his ‘Spider-Man,’ as long as he stays focused on football.
“On Sunday, we had a squad that was completely focused on football.” This week, we need a squad that is completely focused on football. Cam will assist us in this endeavor.”
Carolina is 2-3 this season, with three consecutive defeats to the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, and New England Patriots, and Rhule expects to see that intensity in the whole squad this week at home.
He understands how crucial it is for Carolina, which is presently the No. 7 seed in the NFC with a 5-5 record, to win at home in order to make a postseason run.
Rhule also recognizes Newton’s value to the Panthers, having led them to a league-best 15-1 record and a Super Bowl appearance in 2015.
“On Friday night, I brought my daughter to a daddy-daughter dance, and two small girls, ages 5 and 7, asked if I was the Panthers’ coach,” Rhule recalled. “‘Yes, I am,’ I said. ‘Is Cam truly back?’ they wondered. If it’s being discussed at the daddy-daughter dance, I’m sure it’s being discussed elsewhere.”
The atmosphere will be amplified on Sunday, when Newton makes his home debut and Rivera returns to Bank of America Stadium for the first time since being dismissed after the 2019 season.
The fact that Washington is coming off a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are a game and a half ahead of the Panthers in the NFC South, just adds to Rhule’s desire to get Newton and his team ready.
“Rhule sipped from a cup of coffee and added, “We arrived back late last night.” “On Monday, there was no Victory Day. There was no such thing as a day off. We’re back to work today because we need to become a more cohesive one.”
In terms of Newton, Rhule really doesn’t want him to get another 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty like the one he had Sunday for removing his helmet and loudly yelling “I’m baaaack” after his first touchdown.
“‘I simply warned him not to do that,’ Rhule said. “I don’t want to start from the 20-yard line. ‘Say less,’ I believe he said. ‘I see.’