Panthers quarterback Cam Newton showed off impressive running ability in Thursday night’s preseason loss to the Bengals, picking up 49 yards on four carries, including a 16-yard touchdown. But Newton wasn’t in a mood to celebrate that after the game.
Instead, Newton was upset with himself for completing just six of 19 passes, for 75 yards.
“It’s unacceptable on my part,” Newton said. “That’s an embarrassing stat.”
Newton has completed just 40.4 percent of his passes through three weeks of the preseason, and his passer rating is 57.8. The best thing you can say for him as a passer is that he hasn’t thrown an interception yet.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera is expected to officially declare Newton the team’s Week 1 starter some time soon. Whether Newton is ready or not.
UPDATE: Video evidence.