The Status of Carolina Panther’s QB Cam Newton Could Impact The NFC South.
The Carolina Panthers are looking into all options that concern the sore right shoulder of their starting quarterback Cam Newton. There could be a distinct possibility of him being unavailable for the 2019 NFL season.
Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper mentioned that they will look to keep an eye on Cam Newton heading into the 2019 season. Newton was shut down towards the end of last season, due to a recurrent shoulder issue.
According to ESPN’s David Newton, he recently spoke with the owner, at the end of the NFL season, and Mr. Tepper was quoted saying that the Newton situation is comparable to the Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck’s,
“If you told me he took a year off and could recover and be fully recovered and everything else, and that’s what it took, an extra year, why wouldn’t you do that?”. “Now we would have to do other things, right? We’d have to go out and get another quarterback. If you could find me some more cap space, I’d appreciate that.”
After being out for about 18 months, including missing the entire 2017 season, Luck returned this season to pass for 39 TDs, which is the second most of his NFL career. Luck led the Colts to the playoffs after a 1-5 start. Mr. Tepper and the Panthers organization must realize that there is a strong possibility that Cam Newton could be out long term, and will have to find a suitable replacement in the meantime. There is a real possibility that their quarterback could have a second surgery on the same shoulder.
Heading into the offseason, the Panthers do have a couple of options to choose from as a handful of capable QBs are hitting the free-agency. New Orleans Saints’ Teddy Bridgewater, Cleveland’s Tyrod Taylor, and Philadelphia’s Nick Foles are likely to be up for grabs. If they choose to not try to sign any of those three QBs, then they could use the NFL Draft to bring in Newton’s eventual replacement. There are quite a few of them in this year’s draft. Duke’s Daniel Jones or Washington’s Jake Browning could be suitable replacements.
With Cam Newton out, the Panthers become a weaker team on offense, allowing the Buccaneers and the rest of the NFC South to benefit. With a whole new coaching staff in place, the Bucs under Head Coach Bruce Arians will attempt to bring the team into a worst to first scenario. And hopefully, leading this team to the playoffs after a decade-long drought.
If Cam Newton is out, it will definitely help the Buccaneers – *See week 13 of the 2018 season– moving forward into 2019 with a renewed purpose and mission.
*Despite Cam Newton throwing 4 INTs, he still put up 300 yards in the air and 2 TDs keeping the game close. 24-17 Bucs won.