Carolina Panthers shutting down Cam Newton: Heinicke to start

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The Carolina Panthers have made the decision to end Cam Newton’s season early. Newton has been dealing with a shoulder injury.

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers didn’t have the team success they hoped for this year. They are officially out of playoff contention after a loss to the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. There was speculation that Cam Newton wasn’t healthy heading into the game but he played anyway.

With the Panther sitting Newton, former Minnesota Viking quarterback Taylor Heinicke will get the start. Cam Newton is completely done and is no longer practicing with the team. 

How did Newton fare this season?

Even though the Panthers failed to make the postseason, Newton didn’t have a bad year statistically. He finished the year with 3,395 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. He posted the second highest quarterback rating of his career at 94.2. This number was just shy of his 99.4 quarterback rating when Newton won MVP. 

Who is Taylor Heinicke?

Taylor Heinicke is a guy my Minnesota Vikings followers are familiar with. He does not have a lot of NFL experience. I got an extended look at the second year player out of Old Dominion University during the Minnesota Vikings training camp and preseason.

Heinicke never wowed me but showed potential and has a lot of heart. He plays hard and works hard. He is an easy guy to root for. His throwing ability is average and he can move on his feet better than you would think. This is an excellent opportunity for him to show the NFL what he can do during these last two games for the Panthers. 

I’ll leave you with the play Taylor Heinicke won me over. The game was on the line, he drove the ball down the field, then took it upon himself to seal the preseason win for the Vikings. 

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