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Cam Newton gets his first NFL touchdown pass

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Yeah, it’s the preseason.  Yeah, there’s still a week to go until the games count.  But we’ve got to work with what he have.

And what we have tonight is 15 preseason games.  In Carolina, rookie quarterback Cam Newton, operating primarily if not exclusive against Steelers reserve defenders, has thrown the first touchdown pass of his NFL career.

The 10-yard pass to tight end Jeremy Shockey capped a nine-play, 71-yard drive that knotted the game at seven.

Newton completed three of five passes for 25 yards, and he ran the ball once for 19 yards.  Bob Pompeani, calling the game for KDKA in Pittsburgh, said that the scamper went for more distance than any regular-season quarterback run in franchise history.

Making the run even more impressive is that it came one play after Newton was dragged down by Steelers linebacker Larry Foote after running laterally and throwing an incomplete pass.  Newton’s foot seemed to get caught under Foote’s leg, creating the impression of a possible ankle sprain.  But Newton popped right up and went to the huddle and then sprinted for nearly 20 yards.

The starting offense was expected to participate in two drives, but Derek Anderson has replaced Newton.

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38 Responses to “Cam Newton gets his first NFL touchdown pass”
  1. bucforever says: Sep 1, 2011 8:38 PM

    I would put the franchise tag on him right now!!

  2. getweird4u says: Sep 1, 2011 8:39 PM

    WOW thanx for sharing i have never seen a 40% passer get so much pub before in my life pathetic.

  3. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 1, 2011 8:44 PM

    Wow. Eli Manning doesn’t have one.

  4. Todd Haley's Temper says: Sep 1, 2011 8:45 PM

    Hopefully Derek Anderson takes this s— serious.

  5. green18blue52 says: Sep 1, 2011 8:46 PM

    And Just a shade under 4 games. That’s #1 pick stuff right there

  6. unc336 says: Sep 1, 2011 9:06 PM

    Reserve defenders?? The starters were out there, it was the first possession… This guy can’t catch a break

  7. bingocostello says: Sep 1, 2011 9:08 PM

    Jamarcus Newton , a failure waiting to crush Panther fans!

  8. nookers says: Sep 1, 2011 9:11 PM

    1 TD in 4 games .. wow, hes going to be great

  9. giveseanpaytonhisjuicyfruit says: Sep 1, 2011 9:18 PM

    We talkin bout preseason?

  10. thirdngoal says: Sep 1, 2011 9:24 PM

    Might be his only one for the year so you better enjoy!!

  11. whatswiththehate says: Sep 1, 2011 9:25 PM

    I don’t know which QB get more attention for sneezing, Cam, Tim Tebow, or Pryor?

    Anyway, Congrats Cam. First TD and no interception for four games. Keep it up.

  12. panther17 says: Sep 1, 2011 9:29 PM

    “The starting offense was expected to participate in two drives, but Derek Anderson has replaced Newton.”

    Uh-oh Clausen.

  13. eastsideballa says: Sep 1, 2011 9:29 PM

    Thumbs up if Roger Goodell and NCAA committee should cease to exist.

  14. mrplow3 says: Sep 1, 2011 9:31 PM

    Super Bowl!

    Er, I meant bowl of soup, sorry about that.

  15. onegamedoesnotaseasonmake says: Sep 1, 2011 9:32 PM

    and last?

  16. jamezz23 says: Sep 1, 2011 9:36 PM

    -____-

  17. bobbylaynesreplacement says: Sep 1, 2011 9:52 PM

    Way to go Cam … not a fan of his (or the Panthers) BUT I really do hope it all works out for him, the team and their fans!

  18. tradeassociation says: Sep 1, 2011 10:04 PM

    Newton should have sat his first season. Yes, he is the guy who gives the Panthers the best chance to win, but the guy has to learn the playbook, learn how to read defenses, learn how to see the whole field, and also improve his footwork, arm and body mechanics, and accuracy. Not saying that he can’t do those things in the starting lineup, but it makes it a lot harder. Plus the Panthers need a draft pick and a free agent on that offensive line. Carolina should have signed Marc Bulger for this season, and let Newton play next year.

  19. eaglesblow says: Sep 1, 2011 10:14 PM

    way to go, rook.

  20. jdandcoke says: Sep 1, 2011 10:20 PM

    sigh….does anyone outside of carolina actually care what he did?

  21. bucks12965 says: Sep 1, 2011 10:25 PM

    I wasn’t aware the season had already started.

  22. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Sep 1, 2011 10:28 PM

    And just how many millions did that pass cost?

  23. crise40g says: Sep 1, 2011 10:32 PM

    O V E R R A T E D!

  24. itsmebobd says: Sep 1, 2011 11:14 PM

    Awesome, at this rate he will have 4 passing touchdowns and 4 rushing td’s this year. Can we say AKILI SMITH

  25. chiktikka says: Sep 1, 2011 11:17 PM

    He actually looked fantastic in that drive overall. Due mostly to the return of Jeff Otah from injury. It was a world of difference when Cam had more than 0 seconds to throw.

  26. raideralex99 says: Sep 1, 2011 11:32 PM

    Wow … it’s just like college playing against players who cannot start in the NFL.

    So if Andy Dalton is the worst’s starting QB in the NFL what does that make Cam Newton since Dalton outplayed Newton last week?

  27. kmurph1226 says: Sep 1, 2011 11:48 PM

    Hes on pace for 4 passing TDs and no INTs for the season. If he was on the Jets that would be enough for the superbowl. You see Mark?

  28. occamsrazor1 says: Sep 2, 2011 12:23 AM

    Warren Moon thinks it’s racist that he threw his first TD pass to a white player.

  29. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 2, 2011 12:29 AM

    O my gosh im so proud of him!!!! Yay wooohooo. Hip hip hooray. I can’t believe some things that are actually headlines. And in other news this evening ……….

  30. lostsok says: Sep 2, 2011 12:37 AM

    Wait a minute…are you SURE Cam Newton threw a touchdown? Perhaps another QB throw the TD…and Cam Newton just put his name on it.

  31. halftermguv says: Sep 2, 2011 12:46 AM

    @unc336
    Starting defense for the Steelers?

    Let’s see, Smith and Hampton were out for the line, Harrison and Farrior were out for the linebackers, and Polamalu, McFadden, and Taylor were out for the backs.

    By your standards the Indy 500 is over at 181 miles…genius!

  32. chiktikka says: Sep 2, 2011 1:10 AM

    “Wow … it’s just like college playing against players who cannot start in the NFL.”

    Lamarr Woodley, Ryan Clark, Lawrence Timmons et al cannot start in the NFL? Newton played against the Steelers’ starting defense.

  33. kevinbobrow says: Sep 2, 2011 1:17 AM

    And they just named him the starting QB, but I don’t think it SHOULD matter much who’s under center for the Panthers. I think they should focus on being a running team. They have two great backs, a QB who can run, and a great offensive line. Even if the other teams know run is coming, they may not be able to stop this team if they mixed it up enough. Then the occasional pass from Newton should not be as contested and he could succeed. Similar to what they did when Delhomme was QB and Williams ran for 20 TDs. It’s possible again if the coaches can get these guys to play together…

    mydailyff.com

  34. onemic42 says: Sep 2, 2011 2:55 AM

    “Reserve defenders?? The starters were out there, it was the first possession… This guy can’t catch a break”

    Now you know what it’s like to be one of Newton’s receivers!

  35. denverdude7 says: Sep 2, 2011 5:33 AM

    With the announcement that Cam Newton will be Carolina’s starting quarterback the Panthers take the early lead over Cincinnatti & Denver in the race for the #1 pick in the 2012 draft !!!

    Let’s go Broncos. Start Tebow, get Luck-y !!!

  36. savannahrose44 says: Sep 2, 2011 5:33 AM

    Even gimmick QB’s have their moments. Want a pat on the back now?

  37. steelgrid77 says: Sep 2, 2011 6:29 AM

    Here yall go again, keep dreaming he`ll never make it.

  38. Steeler's Will says: Sep 2, 2011 8:22 AM

    Congrats Cam!

    For what reason is he being tossed on the scrap heap already? He has the talent, it’s up to the coaching now.

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