Cam Newton starts this week, Sam Darnold will play as well

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The Panthers have been using multiple quarterbacks in recent weeks and that will remain the case against the Buccaneers this weekend, but there will be a new name in the mix.

Per multiple reporters, Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said at his Wednesday press conference that Cam Newton will get the start against the NFC South leaders. Newton is set to play a “major role,” but Rhule said that Sam Darnold will also play at some point in the game.

Darnold was cleared for contact this week after being designated for return from injured reserve last week. He started the first nine games of the season before hurting his right shoulder, which opened the door for Newton’s return to Carolina.

The Panthers won their first game without Darnold with P.J. Walker starting and Newton playing a reserve role, but they’ve lost their last four to fall out of the playoff race. Darnold is signed for more than $18 million in guaranteed salary next season and the next three games figure to have something to do with the choice the Panthers ultimately make about his role with the team in the future.

14 responses to “Cam Newton starts this week, Sam Darnold will play as well

  1. I know that headline wasn’t supposed to be funny, but for some reason it really got me!
    Bad day to be a mole, or ant, or any other dirt-dwelling creature on that field.

  2. “The PJ Walker disrespect smh“ the guy is a poor man’s version of Cam, weaker arm, less mobility, same accuracy

  3. They could have drafted either Justin Fields or Mac Jones but decided to roll with Sam Darnold. SMH. Matt Rhule is in trouble and may have to go all in for Deshaun Watson.

  4. The Cam Newton interception at the end of the game last week was brutal. Cam didn’t even look like he cared that he threw the pick.

  5. Doesn’t matter who plays at QB, they’re all terrible. Possible available starting QBs next year: Garappolo, Watson, Wilson, etc.

  6. When Sam Darnold is taking snaps from you then you know your career is pretty much over. They should’ve kept Cam in the gadget role. Now that he’s a starter he’s looking more and more like the QB he was last year. He’s had a pretty stellar tumble from the mountain top. He was feared years prior. Now teams want to play this guy. And fantasy dudes will constantly pick up the defense he’s going against.

  7. I’m still laughing at all of the media outlets who were promulgating the Cam Newton as Superman narrative his first week back.

    As Cam’s dismal performance amply illustrates, the national media will literally do or say ANYTHING to push their social agenda.

  8. Its time to fire Head Coach Matt Rhule. He will be fired by Black Monday. The team is in shambles and Rhule has lost his team and they will not win another game in 2021 and will be in the Top Ten for the third straight season. Nothing from nothing leaves nothing. Its time to fire Rhule and move on. Terrible football coach.

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