The Ron Rivera has officially begun with the game between the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants at Bank of America Stadium Saturday night. And the first quarter isn’t even over and already some exciting things are taking place.
The first play of the preseason was a 31-yard pass to Brandon LaFell from Jimmy Clausen. It looked good. The very next pass by Clausen was awful and resulted in an interception for a touchdown. The boo birds rained upon him like you’d expect.
Clausen wound up throwing a few nice passes, but for the most part wasn’t very good. Even his touchdown pass to Greg Olson wasn’t good. Olson made a very nice catch on a pass that was behind him for the score.
How bad was it for Clausen? Just 2:52 into the game, the crowd started chanting, “Cam! Cam! Cam!”
Armanit Edwards had two very nice punt returns where he made people miss. It’s early, but Armanti is actually looking like he might have a spot in the NFL. But I’m not ready to say he’s an NFL player, but he’s getting there.
At the start of the second quarter, Cam Newton made his first appearance as a Panther. The crowd, all 30,000 of them, cheered wildly as he trotted onto the field.
His first pass was a roll out short pass to Greg Olson for 10 yards. He threw some real nice ones and a few bad ones, but he led the team to a field goal on his first drive.
At this point, it might be nitpicking, but Cam’s 30-yard pass to Olson could have been better. Had it been on the money, Olson might have scored.
The defense has played well.
Goodson looked good on his first carry and then fumbles deep in Panther territory. It’s the same issues he had last year.
Cam did nothing in his second series, but it’s going to be fun to see Rivera has in store for him. We still haven’t seen him run yet.
Three-and-out in the third series for Cam and the Panthers.
Right now, Clausen was 4-of-7 for 69 yards, with a touchdown and interception returned for a TD. Cam is 3-of-7 for 52 yards.
With 38 seconds left in the first half and Carolina trying to run the hurry-up offense, Cam called a timeout with the clocked stopped.
Cam just completed a pass to Armanti for 36 yards, but the pass was off and Armanti had to slow up and wait for it, which allowed the defense to converge quickly. Also, it was blown coverage on the play and nobody was within six yards of Armanti.
Cam had Armanti open for the TD, but threw off his back foot and missed him high for an incomplete pass.
Cam is now 5-of-13.
Halftime passer ratings – Clausen 90.8. Cam 68.1.
Cam started the third quarter and after a few plays had to punt. Cam is now 6-of-15.
Cam finally makes a decent pass and Armanti gets a case of the Lafells and drops a pass.
Another less than impressive showing from Cam with four minutes left in the third quarter.
Cam’s night is done. He finished 8-of-19 for 134 yards, with no interceptions and no touchdowns.
Cam finished with a 66.5 QB passer rating. Pretty much what I thought might happen.
Derek Anderson is in the game now. Why am I still here?
One piece of news before I chuck deuces: Greg Hardy told me he’s two weeks away from playing and that he’ll be back for the Pittsburgh game.