Despite the team loss, Newton performed admirably on an individual basis, heavily utilizing ace pass-catching back Christian McCaffrey and wideouts Devin Funchess and Jarius Wright in the absence of Greg Olsen (foot). The tally represented a major boost in production for Newton, who only managed 161 yards passing in a Week 1 victory against the Cowboys. The rapport he demonstrated with multiple pass catchers Sunday was certainly encouraging, and he'll look to carry over the momentum into a Week 3 battle versus the Bengals.
Newton completed 17 of 26 pass attempts for 161 yards while adding 58 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries during Sunday's 16-8 win over the Cowboys.
While Newton struggled to a paltry 6.2 yards per attempt, he made numerous plays with his legs and wound up leading the team in rushing. He scored a four-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter and orchestrated a 63-yard scoring drive to stretch the lead early in the fourth. Newton clearly needs time to build a rapport with his new supporting cast and will have to cope without Greg Olsen (foot) after his injury, but his rushing ability still affords him a solid floor for fantasy production. He'll look to improve upon this season debut next week against the Falcons.
Rivera wants to see how his starters handle halftime adjustments before he turns the game over to players competing for roster spots. Newton has already been rather busy this preseason, completing 15 of 21 passes for 173 yards with a touchdown and an interception in two games. He threw a hideous pick in last week's win over the Dolphins, but his completion percentage (71.4) should make new offensive coordinator Norv Turner happy.
Newton completed six of nine passes for 84 yards in Thursday's 28-23 win over the Bills in the preseason opener.
Newton also rushed once for three yards while leading the Panthers offense on its first two drives. During his brief stint, Newton twice found Christian McCaffrey for first downs, and connected with Jarius Wright on a 28-yard play to set up a goal-line rushing touchdown. After a productive first performance, Newton will now gear up for next Friday's meeting with the Dolphins.
Newton (knee) declared himself healthy during a media session Saturday. "It was very big for me making the proper steps this offseason knowing that I'm full go," he said. "My body feels great."
Newton has participated in all drills since training camp opened Thursday, but his initial face-to-face meeting with the media was delayed Friday because his treatment leaked into the time allotted to talk with players, per Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer. There was no clarification on what exactly was getting treated, but Newton emerged from the Panthers' wild-card loss in January with ligament and cartilage damage in his right knee, which impacted his workload somewhat during the offseason program. Now back to 100 percent, he's focusing on building his rapport with a revised supporting cast, with Torrey Smith, Jarius Wright and rookie D.J. Moore joining holdovers Devin Funchess, Greg Olsen and Christian McCaffrey.
|Bye: Week 4|
|6||10/14/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|10||11/8/18||@ PIT||8:20 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ NO||1:00 pm|
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