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August 15, 2011

Rivera to name starting QB next week

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The quarterback order remained the same for the Panthers on Monday night, with Jimmy Clausen getting the first reps in team drills, followed by Cam Newton.

It figures to stay that way the rest of this week.

Carolina coach Ron Rivera said again he expects to name his starting quarterback next week before the Panthers' third preseason game at Cincinnati on Aug. 25.

Rivera said the game video of Saturday's 20-10 win over the Giants didn't change his assessment of what he saw from the top two quarterbacks. Both did some good things; both made some mistakes, and there were some mistakes from their offensive teammates that caused the quarterbacks to misfire at times.

The thing that was really good about the way they played was it was right in line with the things we thought they were capable of doing,” Rivera said.

 A couple of injury updates …

--Rivera clarified right tackle Jeff Otah's situation, saying the training staff decided to sit Otah down last week after swelling developed around his surgically repaired knee. Rivera did not say when Otah might return, but indicated his rehab is going well.

--No. 4 quarterback Tony Pike missed practice to get his injured throwing shoulder re-examined. Fullback Tony Fiammetta (neck stinger) and safety Kevin Payne (concussion) were among the new injuries; safety Charles Godfrey had an excused absence.

--Several starters returned from injury, including DE Charles Johnson, LB Thomas Davis and WR Steve Smith, who was wincing and shaking his left hand after his first couple of catches. Smith missed several days after splitting the webbing between two of his fingers on his left hand.

--Davis looked good after coming back from a foot problem – not to mention his two ACLs. The outside backer ran stride for stride with DeAngelo Williams on a pass route, then chastised Clausen for not showing him any respect by throwing his way.

--Joseph Person

 

Posted by Observer Sports on August 15, 2011 at 09:14 PM | Permalink

Comments

otah is a beast, but when is he ever gonna be healthy?

Posted by: Derrick W | Aug 15, 2011 9:27:57 PM

True that Derrick W. I like that Davis is fired up. He's a beast too, but how long is HE gonna be healthy?

Posted by: Pantherz1 | Aug 15, 2011 10:03:31 PM

Lol @ TDavis for "chastised Clausen for not showing him any respect by throwing his way."

Seriously though, a Linebacker that runs "stride for stride" with a top running back is crazy.

Posted by: J Jones | Aug 15, 2011 10:04:57 PM

“The thing that was really good about the way they played was it was right in line with the things we thought they were capable of doing,” Rivera said.

It did play out just as CO sports reporters have described in their descriptions of practices. Kudos.

Posted by: acogent1 | Aug 15, 2011 10:20:39 PM

Derrick, "beasts" don't miss the majority of their careers (that's since college, BTW) with minor injuries.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Aug 15, 2011 10:49:03 PM

Jeff Otah = damaged goods. I hope Geoff Schwartz can carry the load again. Lee Ziemba might get a shot.

Posted by: Lpdog | Aug 15, 2011 11:46:30 PM

Rivera kept Slim in almost 3 entire quarts against the scrubs to give him extra time & he still was mediocre at best easily stuffed behind the line twice trying to run. Short dumps to the TE dont count.

Clearly Clausen showed more poise promise & true QB form with his ace arm thanks to Olsen & Williams running.
Anderson was equally on top of his ex-pro bowl game and rejuvenated. JC got no blocking last yr and was used as a scapegoat.

The real QB starter battle should be Clausen & Anderson. Clausen is only 23 & vet Anderson still a young 28 yrs old.

Pike at 25 yrs old needs playtime. As top QB in the BE at UC he is a big gun at 6-7 235 lbs. Rivera needs to cut the political BS & do the right thing & stop appeasing the whinyass's.

Missing as usual is fact the 2010 Panthers defense was #32 dead last with more pts scored rush & pass yds against it.
Pathetic is an understatement. Did they even put forth an effort?

Rivera needs to cut the cowardice & do the right thing. What is a franchise qb? Def not some tall slim one hit wonder with a weak arm & no accuracy who cant & wont be allowed to run as the rookie coach hiree spouted. Plenty of good RBs with Williams Stewart & Goodson.


Posted by: snyder | Aug 16, 2011 7:51:59 AM

Cam Newton's accuracy still stinks, and won't get much better!

Posted by: Panther Fan | Aug 16, 2011 7:57:27 AM

Wasted #1 Overall Pick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Panther Fan | Aug 16, 2011 7:58:39 AM

Wasted #1 Overall Pick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Panther Fan | Aug 16, 2011 7:58:39 AM

Tony Pike is a wasted pick also!

Posted by: Panther Fan | Aug 16, 2011 8:09:12 AM

Oath is a scrub he won't play this year, or ever again.

Posted by: [email protected] | Aug 16, 2011 8:14:25 AM

Oath is a scrub he won't play this year, or ever again.

Posted by: [email protected] | Aug 16, 2011 8:14:26 AM

Watch for SS to intimidate Rivera to play his boy & put the better qbs on the back burner to chill. Dont use it you lose it. Lil Stevie ran the show in '10 who hated JC with 14 losses & canned Fox. Fox played him anyway but ultimately got what he wanted in Denver with his main boy TT who he badly wanted to be a CP but didnt happen.

Posted by: pantherboy tc | Aug 16, 2011 8:18:30 AM

What is up with all the Cam haters on this blog? For his first game, i thought he looked pretty strong and made some nice, down the field throws. His upside is limitless and i like the fact that he's taking chances down the field and not being a "checkdown charlie" like so many young QB's tend to do. Anyone who thinks Clausen is a better option is kidding themselves. He may end up being a nice backup but definitely not the guy we need leading the franchise.

Posted by: Diddy | Aug 16, 2011 8:47:05 AM

@snyder You can't be serious about Newton having a weak arm. I will say that his accuracy is spotty but the throw he made to Olson was one that I believe Clausen could not have made.

Posted by: Jordan | Aug 16, 2011 9:06:01 AM

Please, Cam hit the ground more than he hit any of the recievers.

Posted by: Panther Fan | Aug 16, 2011 9:36:06 AM

i could use a lot of adjectives to describe cam newton.

slim would never come to mind.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 16, 2011 11:29:52 AM

@ Jordan. If Cam would have lead Olsen a little he would have thrown his first touchdown. But his accuracy is off and he threw it behind Olsen, who had to stop to catch the ball. Almost the same thing with AE. Cam does have a cannon but he needs to learn how to aim it.

Posted by: Panthers4Life | Aug 16, 2011 3:07:47 PM

The pro Clausen and Anderson guys make no sense at all. It's like they aren't even watching the games and scrimmages. Cam is pretty clearly the best QB we have already with a huge upside. Anderson was done in 2007. Clausen will never be any better, not because he got thrown in too early but because the game is too quick for him at this level. It's like listening to senile ramblings in a nursing home with some of you.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Aug 16, 2011 8:31:22 PM

look here people.cam is the starter for me. if you can look back at the games. he is clearly having fun. hell you can see him smiling all the time.clausen playing like he is going to loose a spot. he is just scared, cam newton is playing good and he will be better, way better than any of the qbs that carolinas haad in the past

Posted by: eddie riley | Aug 23, 2011 6:00:09 AM

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