No surprise Cam Newton will open season as Panthers QB

It cannot come as a surprise that Cam Newton will open the season as the quarterback for the Carolina Panthers.

Newton led the Panthers offense on a scoring drive on the only possession he played Thursday night, capping a 71-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Shockey.

Now, he prepares to face the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 11.

It speaks for itself," Carolina coach Ron Rivera said, according to the Charlotte Observer. "With what Cam's done and the direction we're headed with this football team, in all honesty he is our starter. He is going to grow as a starter and we're going to grow as a football team. It's not just about him. It's about the rest of us growing in our system.

"We didn't draft Cam to the be savior. We drafted him to help lead this football team."

The question now is how the Panthers will order their quarterbacks after Newton. Derek Anderson relieved the No. 1 overall pick and performed well, throwing for 192 yards and one touchdown. Jimmy Clausen, the second-round pick from a year ago, did not do fare so well. Don’t be surprised if the Panthers have Anderson in place behind Newton. All of the quarterbacks are new to the system.

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