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Panthers may be down to one quarterback Thursday — Joe Webb

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The Panthers probably have to keep third quarterback Joe Webb on the roster, given the uncertain status of starter Cam Newton and his sore ankle and sore ribs.

But Webb is going to get plenty of reps this week to try to prove he belongs, since he might be the only quarterback they have Thursday night.

Via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, Webb might be the only quarterback in uniform for the Panthers in Pittsburgh.

With Newton aching with a hairline fracture to his ribs, backup Derek Anderson awaiting the birth of a child (his wife was due Saturday) and fourth-stringer Matt Blanchard out with a concussion, Webb is the last man standing.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera joked that he had an emergency QB lined up, but he didn’t want to reveal the top-secret plan.

“I don’t want to tell you guys because at the end of the day if these guys are valuable like that, and you put them out there, somebody may scoop them up,” Rivera said.

Of course, the Panthers could always go back to the future, and play without a quarterback. They did that in 2006, when DeAngelo Williams brought the Wildcat to the NFL. And come to think of it, they did that for most of 2010 as well.

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  1. ragnarthegreat says: Aug 26, 2014 8:32 AM

    As a Vikings fan, I want to see that game. We are touting our rookie running back McKinnon, who can run, throw and catch. Webb is an amazing athlete who we let go. He can do all three but like McKinnon is not really a QB, WR or RB. I would love to see Webb succeed in the right situation. We bounced him around between QB and WR until he never knew what he was playing and he never complained, not a peep.

  2. patriottony says: Aug 26, 2014 8:43 AM

    So long as teams like Jets, Skins, Bills, Panthers, browns etc etc insist on using these scrambling/running QB’s type players they risk continuity, and success. Pick one,,any one,,when YOU RUN IT….you get HIT,,and you get hit and you get hit…THE QB has a much higher risk of being injured and taken out. Tell me how that 16 yd run,,,is worth risking your whole season? CAN YOU?
    JFB, RGIII, CAM, VICK, SMITH, MANUEL,,etc etc.. meanwhile Brady has been injured 1 season in 15 years,,,,and even that was a cheap shot directed at his knees by POLLARD.

  3. pantherfan550 says: Aug 26, 2014 8:45 AM

    DG is one of a handful of guys that would even know that the Panthers were the 1st team in the league to run the wildcat, doing it in 2006. Most people give credit to the Dolphins in 2007 for introducing it. But who was the OC in Miami in 2007? Dan Henning And who was the OC in Carolina in 2006? Yep…Dan Henning.

    Side note- It is funny that Henning developed that offense, because in the dictionary next Henning’s name is a picture of dive up the middle for two yards on 3rd and 6 and a big cloud of dust in the foreground.

  4. holla2626 says: Aug 26, 2014 8:47 AM

    Luke plays QB too and trust me…you do not want to try and return an interception

  5. bassplucker says: Aug 26, 2014 8:49 AM

    As long as you’re not counting on him to win you a playoff game, Joe Webb is one of the more fun players in the league to watch. His athleticism is out of this world.

  6. doubleogator says: Aug 26, 2014 8:52 AM

    Cam Newton=Michael Vick ll

  7. pilot2011 says: Aug 26, 2014 9:00 AM

    It’s nice reading Panthers related things with a writer that knows what the hell he’s talking about.

  8. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 26, 2014 9:29 AM

    Good to see Joe getting another chance. Who knows, not that he got out of that black hole in Minnesota he might finally have the opportunity to develop into a decent QB.

  9. commonsense1986 says: Aug 26, 2014 9:31 AM

    I hope Webb puts on a good show. He has immense talent if someone can find a way to harness it.

  10. codythao35 says: Aug 26, 2014 9:33 AM

    Good luck with that. Joe Webb sucks!!!

  11. jonesjourdan24 says: Aug 26, 2014 9:34 AM

    Webb can’t play.

  12. holdsteady76 says: Aug 26, 2014 9:44 AM

    Go Spidey go!

  13. Frazier28/7 says: Aug 26, 2014 9:57 AM

    Atta boy Joe.

  14. agent7x6 says: Aug 26, 2014 10:12 AM

    It’s amazing that Cam has the 2nd most passing yards for the first 2 seasons in NFL history and people call him a scrambling QB.

  15. purpleguy says: Aug 26, 2014 11:06 AM

    Webb is an exceptional physical talent, and a good guy; however, he is not and will not be an exceptional QB. Did anyone see that playoff game against the Pack 2 years ago?

  16. zygizag says: Aug 26, 2014 11:34 AM

    I would take Joe Webb at QB over all other 3 string QBs right now and 1/2 of the second stringers.

    The guy can throw, has developed touch, can run, is a hard worker, good teammate, good character guy. All he needs is some good coaching, something he did not get in MINN.

  17. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 26, 2014 12:10 PM

    It’s the 4th preseason game so it doesn’t mater who they put in at QB.

  18. msmith954 says: Aug 26, 2014 1:57 PM

    Everyone talks about the Packer playoff game to “prove” their claim that Joe Webb can’t play… He played well at other times, including an epic upset of the Eagles. He has worked hard in Carolina, and looked damned good in preseason action.

    He is going to make the team on his merits as a QB, and I wish him well.

  19. mediasloppy says: Aug 26, 2014 7:37 PM

    Love Joe Webb for his leadership and being a real team player. However, as a QB…. Maybe something will click. I’m going to watch this one against the scrubs and see how it goes. lots of runs I bet.

  20. hearthis14 says: Aug 27, 2014 11:49 PM

    I think Joe Webb is going to be AWESOME, GREAT AND SUPERMAN!!!!

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