The Panthers wrapped up their preseason today in a 33-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cam Newton threw for one touchdown, as did Derek Anderson.
Newton and the first team looked solid in the first drive of the game, marching down the field methodically for a touchdown. Newton had a 19 yard run during the drive, and Jeremy Shockey came up big with a key grab for the touchdown. Newton ended the night three for five with 25 yards and one TD.
Anderson came in following Newton and had an extremely strong game, throwing for 192 yards and one TD while going 11 for 19. Anderson likely secured the backup role to Newton heading into the regular season, as he did a nice job of showing that he can settle nicely into the new offensive system. This contrasts second-year QB Jimmy Clausen, who had a rough night.
Clausen got to start against third-stringers, and still struggled, going 7/17 with no TDs and one INT (though the INT was admittedly also part Armanti Edwards’ fault). Clausen likely relegated himself to the backup role with that performance, as a starting-calibur QB in the NFL shouldn’t struggle against third-stringers, nor should a backup.
The Panthers open the regular season on September 11th at Arizona.