The quarterback will start against Washington in Week 11 of the 2021 Season
QB Cam Newton will make his first start in his second spell with Carolina on Sunday against Washington., the Panthers head coach made official this Friday, after the player participated in a full week of practice with the first team.
“He’s really done a good job learning the game plan for this week,” Rhule said of Newton. “He’s worked really hard. He really is a smart player. Really a smart quarterback.
PJ Walker started against the Cardinals after quarterback Sam Darnold was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.. Rhule said Walker would also get some snapshots on Sunday.
The coach also noted that this week he has not tried to get Newton to learn the playbook, but a game plan that he and the rest of the offense feel comfortable with.
“They’ll figure out the right plays for him, the right amount of plays for him,” he said. “We’ll have both of us ready. As far as the game plan, we could see a lot of different things happening.”
Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady have seen no “problems” with Newton’s arm strength., which was a concern when Carolina released him in 2020. What they’ve seen in practice is the same energy that Newton brought to last Sunday’s game.
“The energy is amazing,” said Rhule, whose 5-5 team would currently be the seventh seed in the NFC playoffs. “I don’t mean to ever diminish it. I love the fact that he’s on the practice field, throws his last ball every period, turns and runs one lap and runs backwards. For me it’s much more about the example that he’s setting himself.
“We all understand that Cam is a force of nature almost in terms of the things he brings. But I don’t want him to be all that people realize. What I see is a true professional who wants to win and dedicates his time,” concluded.