Cam Newton a backup on first depth chart

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There are initial depth chart designations worth noting, and there are others that don’t mean a lot.

We’re not reading too much into the fact that Jimmy Clausen is listed as Carolina’s starting quarterback on the team’s first depth chart released on Tuesday.

It’s a sign Clausen will start the preseason opener, but that’s not a shock. Coach Ron Rivera has already said he won’t name a starter before Week One. Newton has been impressive in camp by all accounts, throwing two touchdown strikes over 65 yards.

He’s on his back foot throwing 50-yard passes. I mean, c’mon,” Steve Smith said last week. “I’m not going to sit here every week and say how good Cam is. He didn’t win the Heisman Trophy because there was bad counting on the ballot.”

Some other notes from the depth chart:

1. Wideout Legedu Naanee is listed on the third team, which shows the depth chart may not mean much. He’s been running with the starters lately and could be the No. 2 wideout before it’s over.

2. 2009 second round pick Everette Brown has been demoted out of the starting lineup in favor of 2010 fourth-rounder Eric Norwood. The Panthers gave up a first round pick to nab Brown.  That’s how you go 2-14.

3. Your Panthers starting defensive tackles: rookie Sione Fua and rarely used Corvey Irvin.  Yeah, teams may want to run against Carolina.

30 responses to “Cam Newton a backup on first depth chart

  1. Pete Prisco was watching the Panthers the past couple of days, curious to see what he has to say. He didn’t sound especially impressed with the Newt.

  2. Nothing will help Carolina….sorry
    But I am pulling for ya, hate that whole decision except for you guys

  3. Cam will move the chains and score tds. Can he read a zone blitz on 3rd and 8 to win a big game? Thats left to be seen.

  4. I’m a skeptic when it comes to spread QBs in the NFL, and Auburn ran a simplified spread. But Cam has a advantages over Tebow. He’s a couple of inches taller–doesn’t look it, but he’s Roethlisberger’s size. And he’s not hampered by Tebow’s windup throwing motion. Newton’s challenges will be learning the pro playbook and reading complex defenses. If he masters that, he’ll be dangerous.

  5. hobartbaker says:Aug 9, 2011 5:53 PM

    Pete Prisco was watching the Panthers the past couple of days, curious to see what he has to say. He didn’t sound especially impressed with the Newt.
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    Why am I not surprised you would say this. His twitter stated that he felt Cam would start the season. I guess something must have impressed him in order for him to state that since he really don’t know.

  6. “He’s on his back foot throwing 50-yard passes. I mean, c’mon,” Steve Smith said last week. “I’m not going to sit here every week and say how good Cam is. He didn’t win the Heisman Trophy because there was bad counting on the ballot.”

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    My question is: how many of those are catchable?

    My guess is: 10% max

  7. your welcome…despite the fact you got a pretty good player out of the trade your still the niners and this isn’t 20 years ago

  8. Forfeit is still listed at 3rd behind Clausen and Newton, but it’s still early. He’ll make a sting case.

  9. Im a big Cam fan, but to be honest, i rather give Jimmy the chance to prove himself this year, cuz last year nobody in the league couldve survived the worst play calling in history, with a bunch of coaches who didnt care to win and a roster filled with injuries all on all fronts, with the weapons we have, in the running game and TE position, with Steve Smith and maybe Leg a neenay whatever is name is (he knows the offense) and a healthy oline, we are giving whoever starts the chance prove themselves as a starter. If its Cam, Jimmy or Anderson I just want a QB that can manage the game so we have a chance to win more than we lose…….

  10. Yeh and Patrick Ramsey could throw the ball through a wall, BUT couldn’t make the right decisions under game conditions. I don’t care about the trophy(let’s look at the track record of Heisman winning QB’s), until Cam can show he’s more than a mildly accurate spread QB on a GREAT team he’s nothing. Good luck…

  11. As a Nashvillian who relocated to Charlotte last year, I must say, I haven’t seen this much local excitement over a draft pick since another national champion QB was taken as a team’s No. 1 pick–Vince Young in ’06. Here’s hoping things turn out MUCH better for Cam and the Panthers.

  12. Scrubs at defensive tackle, and corners that can’t cover. Plenty of problems other than who is gonna start at QB in the preseason.

  13. Before camp began, I would have been certain that Jimmy Clausen would be the Week 1 starter. Now, I would be shocked if Cam doesn’t start.

    From everything that I’ve read and heard, Cam has been very impressive. We’ll find out for sure during the preseason. You just can’t tell until he is facing live defenses that can actually hit him.

  14. I’m not quite ready to name this period in pro football the Cam Newton era, but this could be the start of something very good for modern football.

    I’ve been around to see several decades of college football and I cannot think of a more dominant player – from the mid 60’s to today. I watched Cam in his scrimmage Saturday and his game translates very well to the pros.

    I predict if you are a non-believer, you won’t be for long.

  15. “Clausen will grab this job by the balls.”

    Based on last year’s performance, I’ll say Jimmy will miss the balls by 10 yards.

  16. well, Cam doesn’t seem to have very good accuracy, and I don’t think that’s something you can teach, he’s big, strong arm, mobile… but he’s not very fast, and he’s not very accurate.. the one guy that he reminds me of is…. yes, you guessed it… JaMarcus Russell.. Sorry Newt and Carolina fans, but this guy isn’t going to be just as bad.. I’m just curious to see what they do if Andrew Luck is on the board for them next year… that’s why they should have taken A.J. Green, worked with JC for another season, and if you’re bad, grab your FRANCHISE guy, cause Newton ain’t it… sorry folks

  17. Deb says:Aug 9, 2011 6:04 PM
    “I’m a skeptic when it comes to spread QBs in the NFL….”

    In case you didn’t watch Aaron Rodgers during the superbowl, here’s what happened, he was standing behind five guys and had five other guys SPREAD out and run routes all over the Steeler’s defense…..just sayin’.

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