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August 08, 2013

Newton to play 10-15 snaps vs. Bears

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Quarterback Cam Newton and the rest of the Panthers' starters are expected to play between 10 to 15 snaps in Friday's preseason opener against Chicago at Bank of America Stadium.

Newton, who passed for more yards than any NFL quarterback in his first two seasons, will give way to second-string QB Derek Anderson. Third-teamer Jimmy Clausen also will play, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said.

“It’s also about the flow of the game. We’ll see how that goes and we’ll substitute accordingly,” Rivera said Thursday. “One of the things we want to do is make sure (Newton) gets some good work. It’s not really about the numbers as much as it is the good work. And if we’re satisfied we’ll start getting guys in and out.”

Veteran linebacker Thomas Davis, who passed his physical earlier this week after battling a calf injury, will play against the Bears, Rivera said.

But several regulars or potential starters will sit the game out with injuries, including running backs Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert, linebacker Jon Beason, rookie guard Edmund Kugbila and receiver Domenik Hixon.

With Hixon sidelined, Rivera said Friday's game would be a good chance for young receivers such as Armanti Edwards, Kealoha Pilares and Joe Adams to make a mark.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on August 8, 2013 at 12:07 PM | Permalink

Comments

I'm really pulling for Armanti. I think he can really help out the team. I might be crazy but he could be that random success stories.

Posted by: Zach | Aug 8, 2013 12:29:44 PM

@Zach ... I agree. Every other season I've been waiting for him to be cut, but this year feels different. Like he's actually become a receiver now. Not to mention the catch he made at fan fest in the back corner of the endzone ... WOW.

Posted by: Chris | Aug 8, 2013 12:38:15 PM

I think we should cut Beason, he's a bum.

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Posted by: big gulps | Aug 8, 2013 1:01:19 PM

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If Edwards is #3 receiver team will not win more than 5 games.

Posted by: Dennis B | Aug 8, 2013 1:12:20 PM

Your mom is the #3 receiver on my team Dennis

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Posted by: Hugo Panther | Aug 8, 2013 2:07:00 PM

All the Appalachian College fans gang up on Dennis, but he's probably not far off on that. 6 wins maybe.
Armanti just isn't a #3 WR in the NFL and if you have to use him as such, look out...

Posted by: Frank the Tank | Aug 8, 2013 2:18:39 PM

Sorry App fans, only if I was still running the team would Armanti be the #3 receiver. Now that there's some people with actual brains running the organization, he'll have Hixon and Ginn in front of him.

Posted by: Marty Hurney | Aug 8, 2013 2:37:09 PM

If LaFell's improvement gets him to 50+ catches for 800+ yds, there won't be a lot of balls to go to the #3 receiver, anyway because Smitty and Olsen will have 130-140 receptions alone. A lot of the receptions will be going out of the backfield to Tolbert and Barner, too.

It's all about the running game, though. The O-Line is struggling some in training camp against a massive, young defensive front with a average weight of almost 300 lbs that will be a top-5 unit. They'll be fine when the lights come on Friday. Let's keep the faith.

Posted by: Steven H. | Aug 8, 2013 2:45:16 PM

i'm not at all an app fan. not even much of a college football fan.

the guy has made plays every time he's been in game action. he's had kick returns that were impressive, catches that were impressive, punt returns that were impressive, even the few snaps he played at quarterback were impressive in comparison to guys like jimmy clausen.


i do not understand the hate for the guy at all. if he turns out to be the heir to steve smith and a LEGIT receiver in this league, everyone will love hurney for the risky move. if he doesn't, they'll continue to hate him.


but truth is.....look up and down this roster and see how much hurney got it right. if we had been better coached last year, we were contenders. if we're better coached this year, we'll be contenders. talent isn't the issue at all.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 8, 2013 2:50:09 PM

I don't think folks question some of Hurney's moves. But some of the moves (Everette Brown, Jeff Otah, Jimmy Clausen, Dwayne Jarrett and over-paying for the retained players) set the franchise back.... especially trading future 1st round and 2nd round picks to move up in the current year's draft. We're part of the reason why teams like the Patriots and 49ers have 10-12 draft picks every year.

While one could argue that Otah was good for the 2008 year, we traded 3 picks, including the #28 pick in 2009. The Giants selected Charlotte native and UNC All-American Hakeem Nicks at #29 in 2009. That still burns me up to this day. I'm not a Hurney fan.

Yes, with 7 losses by 6 pts or less, making the key plays could've gotten us to 10-6 and the playoffs last year. So RR is on the hot seat. He knows it. But that defensive front 7 can erase a LOT of those issues. The DT improvement will probably be the single biggest difference this year... and hopefully result in a playoff berth.

Posted by: Steven H. | Aug 8, 2013 3:10:58 PM

I'm pulling for Armanti too! Stand up Greenwood!!for ya'll that know! We don't produce punk football players in SC so Armanti will be good as long as he gets some chances to show. Funny Tim Tebow couldn't throw worth a F but has plenty of chances to be a QB in the NFL. Wonder why Armanti had to transition to WR since being a QB his whole football life..Make you say hummm.

Posted by: Hater Hater | Aug 8, 2013 3:11:19 PM

Kugbila is dead weight and a bust and should be cut. If you can't get on the field..cutting him is the next best thing.

Posted by: Whitecomet77 | Aug 8, 2013 3:21:19 PM

Thomas Davis is becoming my favorite Panther. Beason, Stewart, Hixon, and all the regular hurt guys should take notes. Davis is a real man.

Unbelievable someone with THREE acl injuries on the same knee still carries on and plays through it all. Bravo Davis!

Posted by: D.W.G. | Aug 8, 2013 3:29:24 PM

@whitecpmet yeah dude 1st season and training camp and you have confirmed that Big K is deadweight thank god you are not our gm lol

Posted by: Shutup bandwagoner | Aug 8, 2013 3:30:18 PM

Isn't that what he usually really plays?

Posted by: Netranger | Aug 8, 2013 3:57:02 PM

I agree with charlottean completely 150%....if not for the coaching we would def be SuperBowl contenders....with Jon Gruden or Bill Cowher we would be considered one of the best teams .....though I like Rivera's personality he is a terrible coach (or atleast he was the last 2 years). With our runningbacks and a mobile qb with Cam's ability we should have on 90% of games when we have the lead midway through the 4th quarter. But for Rivera to be a defensive minded coach how could he allow McDermott to not adjust the defense against Chicago. That showed me that Rivera is not that good of a coach. There are so many other instances but that one really did t for me. Secondly we give DG so much credit ....and I like how he handled our cap situations but as far as the draft goes let's see how our picks do because Hurney did a heck of a job in the first round and he did bring in some good free agents like Olsen. I hated John Fox but he is now in Denver and look how he's doing...so we should be careful what we wish for

Posted by: chris | Aug 8, 2013 4:03:06 PM

It's too early for that on Kugbila... hamstring injuries happen and are nothing to play with. Aminu didn't look so hot last year, but his jump from year 1 to year 2 has been pretty significant. Gettlemen's banking on the same thing with Kugbila for 2014. That's why they're not rushing him. This year, Gettleman and Rivera are willing to get by with Williams. Aminu and Kugbila next year bracketing Kalil at 6-4, 320 apiece and athletic will be a formidable core.

See my earlier comments on Hurney, trading out of early rounds, Otah and Hakeem Nicks (who should be a Panther right now).

Posted by: Steven H. | Aug 8, 2013 4:12:10 PM

Edwards Sucks, should of cut him and brought in a legit reciever in free agency

Posted by: Pike | Aug 8, 2013 4:41:05 PM

trading future picks for current year picks was a good move in the case of otah as we were in WIN NOW mode in 2008 and had a great year before a bad playoff game. we were in contention that year because of that trade. football players don't usually last long anyways so getting 2 and some change out of otah, isn't great.......but it isn't horrible either.

trading a future first for everette brown made sense at the time because everyone regarded brown as "would be a 1st round talent if he stayed one more year" so it wasn't really any different than taking him in the first round the following year. difference was.........1 - we didn't think we'd be picking high enough the following year because we were still in WIN NOW mode and had no idea that delhomme's career was going to be ended by another injury that year.

brown was probably better suited as a 3-4 outside linebacker than as a DE in the NFL. talent was there, never materialized.


clausen was a horrible pick but a "steal" on paper. quarterbacks are hard to guage coming out and he was sitting on the board way after he was projected to be and we needed a quarterback. if it weren't for clausen, we wouldn't have cam, so in that regard......great pick.


in edwards case, again.......if the dude turns into a long term starter or even 3rd receiver for us........that's a solid #2 pick. taking him using a future pick is like him being in his 3rd year now, not his 4th.


hurney flat out knew what the eff he was doing. he was stacking the deck for the end of the delhomme/peppers era and then blew it up to rebuild during the lockout year. he got fired because the results weren't showing up as fast as he had probably expected and that falls ENTIRELY on coaching.


if anyone watched last year and said "wow carolina really lacks talent".......they were drunk. not sober. no sober person made that comment last year. no sober person with a brain. coaching was/is the problem. hopefully rivera has learned. I expect he'll be better this year, but nothing on the level of john fox. fox would win 12 games this year no doubt. boring football, but wins.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 8, 2013 4:48:10 PM

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