Cam Newton Remains Optimistic After 'Rusty' Start

Cam Newton had negative rushing yards for the first time in his NFL career -- is rust to blame?

Sunday's matchup between the Carolina Panthers and Los Angeles Rams featured an unfamiliar Cam Newton.

The 30-year-old quarterback is known as a dual-threat player that's nearly unstoppable when he finds a rhythm. In the Panthers' 30-27 loss -- he was a one-dimensional pocket passer that couldn't throw the ball deep.

He finished the game with 239 yards and an interception, with a 72.2 quarterback rating. It's very likely that the combination of his offseason shoulder surgery and his mid-foot sprain had something to do with it, but head coach Ron Rivera said that Cam wasn't limited at all.

But, it's very difficult to create offense for Newton when he's limited to strictly pocket passing and short passes. He had negative rushing yards for the first time in his NFL career -- while throwing only one pass over 20 yards, and it was an incompletion.

Newton primarily was throwing to Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore, but he wasn't able to spread the wealth. While speaking to reporters after the game, he alluded to the idea that it was just rust.

It's very possible that rust was to blame -- and Thursday night's home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will give some more insight on whether this is the case or not.

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nickj7
nickj7

Man he was trash, this is going to be a long season.

Kodiak65
Kodiak65

A VERY disappointing performance by Cam. I was glad to see that the O-line did reasonably well against Aaron Donald and the Rams Defensive front. C-Mac was splendid. DJ Moore was also disappointing. Rust might be a valid excuse for Cam given his limited action during training camp but the time for WD40 is here and now!! Go Panthers!! Keep Pounding!!

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Isaiah Houde
Isaiah Houde

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Hahaha, it's definitely time for the WD40. This Thursday will be a huge testament to where this Panthers team is this year.

Princedavid4
Princedavid4

Great!

pantherpride
pantherpride

Even though Rivera said Cam wasn't limited, I think that he was still not 100 after his foot sprain. A few more days of healing and he'll be back to normal!