Newton completed 13-of-29 passes for 100 yards and threw two interceptions in Friday's preseason loss to the Patriots.
Newton endured a rough outing Friday night, leading the Panthers' offense to merely a field goal despite playing for the better part of three quarters. The reigning MVP sent a number of passes sailing above his intended targets and was intercepted twice during the first half. He also managed just nine yards on the ground. Overall, Newton won't be too bothered by a poor preseason showing, but he'll be eager to improve as the Panthers prepare for Week 1.
Newton also rushed twice for two yards Saturday. He played four series in total, with his first being the most impressive. On that drive, Newton twice connected with wideout Kelvin Benjamin (knee) for first downs, before hitting Ted Ginn for a 61-yard touchdown to cap it off. Given that this Friday is Carolina's third preseason game, Newton could see his playing time extended to an entire half, especially because he probably won't be asked to play in the Panthers' exhibition finale.
Newton completed five of six passes for 36 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Ravens.
Newton made a brief appearance, leading the Panthers to a field goal on his only drive. He should have an improved group of weapons this season, with Kelvin Benjamin returning from a torn ACL and Devin Funchess entering his second year.
Cam Newton completed 18 of 41 passes for 265 yards and an interception, and was also sacked six times in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl loss to the Denver Broncos. He gained 45 yards on six rushes and fumbled twice, losing both.
The sixth-year pro's adrenaline seemed to get the best of him early, and a relentless Broncos defense did him in the rest of the way. Newton looked as unsettled as he had all season, rarely enjoying the kind of time he had benefited from throughout his MVP campaign. He was brought down six times, knocked down on 13 occasions, and hurried 17 times overall. Newton also had several overthrows, and his offensive options were further compromised after receiver Philly Brown was forced from the game in the third quarter with a concussion. The Broncos' defensive gameplan and furious pass rush frequently stymied Newton's ability to make game-altering plays on the ground, and forced him into three particularly untimely miscues. Von Miller's sack of Newton in the first quarter led to a Malik Jackson fumble recovery that gave Denver an early 10-0 lead, while T.J Ward's interception of a pass intended for Ted Ginn, Jr. at the Broncos' 10-yard line short-circuited the Carolina Panthers ' opening drive of the third quarter. The game was effectively over when Miller got to Newton again with 4:04 remaining in the fourth quarter and separated him from the ball for a second time, setting up the Broncos offense at the Panthers' five-yard line. Despite the season-ending disappointment, Newton and the Panthers established a formidable foundation on which to build for another championship run, an undertaking that figures to be greatly aided by the return of standout wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin from injury and any additional weapons acquired in the offseason.
Cam Newton was named the NFL's 2015 MVP on Saturday, Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com reports.
Newton earned 48 of the possible 50 votes for MVP, with Tom Brady and Carson Palmer as the other two signal-callers receiving votes. With 2014's top wideout Kelvin Benjamin sidelined for the season with a knee injury, Newton elevated his level of play and transformed Carolina's offense into the top scoring unit in the league. Newton accounted for a career-high 45 touchdowns in the regular season (35 passing, 10 rushing) and threw a career-low 10 interceptions. He took home NFL Offensive Player of the Year as well on Saturday and will look to cap off the season with a Super Bowl victory Sunday against the Broncos.
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