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Panthers have long-term plan for Cam Newton?

Cam Newton throws before a game

Cam Newton officially reclaimed his job as starting quarterback of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, and he apparently has an opportunity to keep it for quite some time.

The Panthers signed Newton last week with the intention of having him start. According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Newton could enter the 2022 in the same role with the team is all goes well.

“It all depends on how Cam plays. I know the Panthers look at it and don’t think there are a lot of great options out there with the college prospects,” Glazer said prior to Sunday’s NFL action. “If they can’t land one of the big fish (via trade or signing) in the offseason, they would hope that a guy like Cam Newton can step up and be their future.”

Obviously, the Panthers do not envision bringing Sam Darnold back next season. They can say they signed Newton because of Darnold’s shoulder injury, but Darnold was likely headed to the bench regardless.

Newton played well in a tough 27-21 loss to Washington on Sunday. He made plays with his arm and legs, passing for 189 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 46 and another score. The former MVP even ramped up his TD celebration game.

It’s far too early to say if Newton can come close to regaining his old form. There’s a reason only one team offered him a chance to start last year and it took an injury to get another opportunity this year. But if he’s healthy and continues to play well, the Panthers clearly have interest in making him the face of the franchise again.

Photo: Aug 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) warms up prior to the start of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Cam Newton taunted by Washington player after loss

Cam Newton celebrates a touchdown

Cam Newton’s first home game back with the Carolina Panthers did not go to plan, much to the delight of the Washington Football Team.

Washington came away with a 27-21 road win at Carolina on Sunday, and they limited Newton in the process. The Panthers quarterback did throw for a pair of touchdowns and run for another, but was limited to 235 total yards on the day.

That was a big win for the Washington defense. They knew it, too, as ESPN’s Kimberley A. Martin overheard one player gloating a bit heading into the locker room.

Yes, that is mocking Newton’s proclamation after scoring a touchdown last week. That might just get back to the Panthers quarterback.

The fact is that Newton just isn’t what he used to be. He’s not as explosive as he once was. That doesn’t mean he can’t be a successful NFL quarterback, and there’s still plenty of fun nostalgia about his return to Carolina. The glory days of 2015 aren’t coming back with him, though.

Watch: Cam Newton finds new way to do his ‘Superman’ celebration

Cam Newton does his Superman celebration

Cam Newton looked completely reenergized in his first game back with the Carolina Panthers last week, and he maintained that level of enthusiasm on Sunday against Washington.

Newton turned the clock back several years with an explosive 25-yard touchdown run in the first half. After the score, he sprinted to midfield at Bank of America Stadium and did his patented “Superman” celebration on the Panthers’ midfield logo.

Newton didn’t start for the Panthers last week, but he still played a huge role. He rushed for one touchdown and threw for another. After the first score, Newton celebrated by declaring himself “back” (video here).

It’s obvious that Newton is happy to be back in the place where he became an NFL star.

Matt Rhule has interesting quote about Cam Newton starting for Panthers

Cam Newton throws before a game

Cam Newton officially has his old starting job back, but that does not mean he is going to be the only quarterback the Carolina Panthers use in Week 11.

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule told reporters on Friday that Newton will start Sunday’s game against Washington. He specified that Newton will “take the first play.”

Rhule’s message seemed pretty clear. Newton didn’t start in last week’s win over the Arizona Cardinals, but he played a big role. The Panthers used him in goal line packages right off the bat and he rushed for a score and threw for another.

Newton will likely be even more involved on Sunday, but Rhule seemed to hint that they will still use PJ Walker in some capacity.

Though Newton may not be the MVP-caliber player he was in his first stint with Carolina, he proved in his first game back that he is still a leader. We’re not surprised he has already been given the starting job.

Photo: Aug 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) warms up prior to the start of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Cam Newton already has nice gesture for Panthers fans

Cam Newton throws before a game

The Carolina Panthers have struggled for relevance since Cam Newton left the franchise in 2020. Now Newton is back, and he is already trying to reconnect with the fans.

Newton announced Thursday that he is giving away 50 tickets to Sunday’s game against Washington to people who don’t normally have the opportunity to attend Panthers games. It’s all part of Newton’s plan to “reclaim Bank of America Stadium” and fulfill some things he wished he’d done during his first stint with the Panthers.

“Simple and plain, I only know one Bank of America Stadium. So with that being said, this is a challenge for people to make my kind of prophecy correct,” Newton said, via Adam Maya of NFL.com. “I said there’s no other place in football that I would rather be on Sunday than Bank of America Stadium because it will be a playoff atmosphere for more ways than one. Discredit who I am and what this game means to me, discredit who we’re playing and what that game means to them. Let’s get back to getting that edge and bringing the pride back to Carolina, how I once knew it to be.”

Newton is familiar with the stadium’s glory days. That was particularly true in 2015, when the Panthers went 10-0 at home between the regular season and playoffs en route to the Super Bowl. With the Panthers 5-5 and in the hunt for a playoff spot, Newton wants that home dominance to return.

It’s worth noting that Newton hasn’t even been confirmed as Sunday’s starter yet. That said, it looks like an inevitability, and it should be quite the occasion.

Photo: Aug 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) warms up prior to the start of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Will Cam Newton start for Panthers against Washington?

Cam Newton throws before a game

Cam Newton signed with the Carolina Panthers just last week, but the former MVP may already be in line to make his first start of the season.

Matt Rhule indicated to reporters on Wednesday that the plan is for Newton to start in Week 11. The Panthers coach said things are “trending that way” but will have PJ Walker continue to prepare as though he will start.

Newton didn’t start in last week’s convincing win over the Arizona Cardinals, but he played a big role. The Panthers put him in on goal line packages early in the game. Newton rushed for a score and threw a touchdown pass.

Obviously, the plan is for Newton to start eventually. The details of the contract he signed with the team show that they envision him playing a major role. If he’s up to speed, they probably won’t wait any longer.

Photo: Aug 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) warms up prior to the start of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Bill Belichick shares thoughts on Cam Newton signing with Panthers

Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick had nothing but positive things to say about Cam Newton during the year or so that he coached him, and that theme continued after the former MVP returned to action in Week 10.

During his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show” Monday, Belichick was asked if he was happy to see Newton sign with the Carolina Panthers. He had high praise for the quarterback.

“Yeah, absolutely. It was great when they signed him,” Belichick said. “Sounds like he had a great day yesterday. Always happy for Cam. Appreciate everything he did. He was a wonderful guy to coach and be around.”

Newton signed with the Panthers last week. He didn’t start on Sunday, but he did play a key role in Carolina’s 34-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Newton scored a rushing touchdown and also threw a touchdown pass. He had quite the celebration after his first score (video here).

The Patriots were reportedly frustrated with Newton over a COVID-19 protocol misunderstanding before they released him. However, Belichick has always gone out of his way to praise Newton in public, and Newton has shown that the respect is mutual.

Rookie Mac Jones has played very well for the Patriots this season, so they obviously have no regrets about cutting Newton. That probably makes it easier for Belichick to sing Newton’s praises.

Video shows Cam Newton as team leader in first game with Panthers

Cam Newton throws before a game

Cam Newton appears to be providing a major energy boost to the Carolina Panthers in his first game with the team.

Newton rejoined the Panthers this week as a free agent after initially departing the organization after the 2019 season. The quarterback didn’t start the game, but is already taking control and providing leadership on the sideline.

The Panthers might not have necessarily brought Newton in for his leadership. With Sam Darnold on injured reserve, they needed an experienced quarterback, and Newton certainly knows the organization. This may just be a perk, but it’s a very welcome one. Coaches love it when players can step up in this fashion and do parts of their job for them.

This isn’t just for show, either. Newton is thrilled to be back with the Panthers, as evidenced by his celebration after scoring the first of his two touchdowns against Arizona on Sunday.

Photo: Aug 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) warms up prior to the start of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Watch: Cam Newton sends strong message to fans after scoring TD

Cam Newton celebrates a touchdown

Cam Newton wasted no time making an impact in his return to the Carolina Panthers. The former NFL MVP did not start Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, but he did score the game’s first touchdown. His celebration was clearly planned ahead of time.

The Panthers’ first drive started deep in Arizona territory after they recovered a fumble. Newton came in on 2nd-and-goal from the 2-yard line and ran for a touchdown. He took his helmet off after scoring and yelled “I’m baaaack!” over and over again toward the fans.

Newton was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct since he removed his helmet while in the field of play. We’re guessing he didn’t care.

The Panthers expect Newton to be their starting quarterback eventually. The details of the quarterback’s new contract are proof of that. It will be interesting to see how effective he can be, but he seems to have injected a lot of energy into the team already.

Panthers owner had classy gesture for Cam Newton before QB returned

Cam Newton throws before a game

Cam Newton is wearing the same jersey number with the Carolina Panthers that he wore in his first stint with the team, and it is apparently not a coincidence that it was still available.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Stephon Gilmore asked to wear No. 1 with the Panthers when they acquired him in a trade with the New England Patriots. Gilmore, who is from South Carolina, wanted to wear the number as a tribute to Newton. Team owner David Tepper declined the request, however, as he didn’t feel right giving Newton’s old number away.

Gilmore ended up with No. 9, and No. 1 remained vacant. The Panthers didn’t know at the time that they’d be bringing Newton back, but it worked out that Tepper saved the former MVP’s old jersey number.

Rapoport noted that Newton wasn’t happy with the communication from the coaching staff and front office when he was released by Carolina prior to the 2020 season. He made it clear that he wanted that to be a point of emphasis this time around, and the Panthers assured him it would be.

The Panthers obviously believe Newton can be their starter going forward, as evidenced by the details of his contract. That confidence and financial commitment sold Newton on returning to his former team. Tepper’s classy gesture may have also helped.

Photo: Aug 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) warms up prior to the start of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports