The following statement was released today by Cam Newton in response to questions about his future career plans:
Now, Newton isn’t quite Michael Jordan, but on Sunday he reminded the world that he’s, in fact, back in the NFL and already scoring touchdowns for the Panthers.
Early on in the Panthers-Cardinals matchup in Arizona, Newton entered the game in a goal-line package, and subsequently scored his first TD for Carolina since he was last on the squad in 2019.
Newton, who removed his helmet following the plan, was slapped with a 15-yard taunting penalty in the aftermath.
Newton wasn’t done, though: Soon after, he’d get an opportunity for another score at the goal line, this time tossing a pass to Robby Anderson for six:
Two plays, two touchdowns? That’ll work.
Taking his first regular-season snaps of the 2021 season on Sunday, Newton was signed by the Panthers in mid-November to replace an injured Sam Darnold, who is sidelined with a broken shoulder. Darnold had struggled with the Panthers this season after a hot start, leading the league with 11 interceptions entering Week 10.
The former MVP QB was stunningly released by the Patriots before the start of the 2021 season. Newton had spent a year away from the Panthers, playing with the Patriots for all of 2020. Bill Belichick and the Pats turned the keys over to 2021 first-round pick Mac Jones, who has performed admirably so far this season.
In his prior stint with the Panthers, Newton was responsible for 240 passing and rushing touchdowns total. On Sunday, it looked like Newton threaten to add a lot more to that total.