Very Human Cam had already made appearances in 2017 against Buffalo (a 9-3 victory for Carolina despite the Panthers not scoring a TD) and New Orleans (Newton had three interceptions and was pulled in the fourth quarter of a 34-13 Panthers loss).Then Super Cam returned with a flourish for Carolina’s road wins against New England and Detroit.
He looked nothing at all like his “Super Cam” persona.
It is what the Panthers rely on him to do and why they signed him to a contract in excess of 0 million – because he has shown, repeatedly, that he can do it.
So now is the time, as the saying goes, to get bitter or get better.
The Panthers have problems with offensive coordinator Mike Shula’s unimaginative play-calling, the injury-ransacked offensive line and Samuel being force-fed into the offense before he seems ready.
But Newton has glossed over such problems before simply by making one huge play after another with whomever is out there.
Newton missed open throws to Kelvin Benjamin and Christian Mc Caffrey that could have resulted in big plays.