Opponents Knew Cam Newton Couldn't Throw Deep

Elena Summers
December 23, 2018

The Carolina Panthers will sit quarterback Cam Newton against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, general manager Marty Hurney told the team's website Wednesday.

"He understood our thinking behind this", Rivera said.

Heinicke has played in five games this season for the Panthers, completing two of his four pass attempts for 46 yards.

"We had the opportunity to visit with the doctors, the trainers and Cam himself", Rivera said.

"It's not something that hasn't got worse over the weeks or hasn't got better over the weeks". "He's disappointed and he's frustrated. In talking with Marty and the owner [David Tepper], obviously we felt our best opportunity to win a football game was to have a healthy Taylor to start this week". You know him; he wants to play. "We had a great conversation, he understands going forward what we have to do".

After the loss Monday night, Newton admitted he's struggling with an injured throwing shoulder.


During Carolina's six-game losing streak, Newton has thrown at least one interception in every game. He is not practicing Wednesday, Rapoport adds.

Newton has been dealing with soreness in his right shoulder since the Panthers' comeback victory against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 21, which saw him throw 22 passes in the fourth quarter.

Newton finished the night with his worst statistical game of the season in nearly every category, with just 4.5 passing yards per attempt, 131 total passing yards and a 55.2 completion percentage.

Center Ryan Kalil feels shutting down Newton is the prudent approach for the organization.

"It keeps guys on their toes now", Wright said. "I think it is important to get that right, especially at his position". Newton is averaging 7.2 yards per attempt on 67.9 percent completion this season. He spent the first three seasons of his career with the Vikings before being signed to the Patriots practice squad and then landing with the Texans in 2017.

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