Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton Sharp in Second Preseason Game

Cam Newton had a chance to lead four drives in his second preseason game of the season and looked sharp in his limited time on the field against the Tennessee Titans. We break down each drive led by the Carolina Panthers' quarterback.

First Drive

Stats: 3 for 4, 90 passing yards, 1 touchdown

The Carolina Panthers offense got off to a fast start and moved 93 yards in only five plays. The majority of these yards came on a 61-yard catch and run by Ted Ginn Jr.. The speedy wide receiver broke one tackle and was able to outrun the rest of the Titans' defense for the first touchdown of the game.

Earlier in the drive, Newton focused on his top wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, who had two receptions on that drive. The only incomplete pass thrown by Newton was batted down at the line by the Titans but was also thrown in Benjamin's direction.

Second Drive

Stats: 1 rushing attempt, 1 yard

The Panthers' focused on trying to establish the run on the second drive and called Jonathan Stewart on first and second down and he gained seven yards. On third down, Newton did drop back to pass but the pocket quickly collapsed and he was forced to scramble. However, he was quickly brought down by Brian Orakpo and only gained one yard.

Third Drive

Stats: 4 for 6, 64 passing yards

The running backs saw the majority of the work in the passing game as Newton connected with Jonathan Stewart on a six yard pass then on 3rd and 4 hit Fozzy Whittaker on a quick out that he took 36 yards.

However, the drive stalled due in large part to a 15-yard penalty for a facemask by Scott Simonson. Newton connected on two 11-yard passes, one to Philly Brown and one to Devin Funchess, but failed to connect with Simonson on third down. The Panthers were forced to settle for a field goal.

Fourth Drive

Stats: 1 for 2, 8 passing yards, 1 rushing attempt, 1 yard

Cam Newton's last drive of the day ended on a three and out. The Panthers' quarterback looked to Devin Funchess on first and second down but only completed one of those passes for eight yards. The offense then faced a manageable 3rd and 2 however, Newton once again was forced to scramble but couldn't pick up the first down.

Final Stat Line: 8 of 12, 162 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 2 rushing attempts, 2 yards

Cam Newton looked very sharp throwing the ball against the Titans, completing 67% of his passes. He was getting the ball out quickly and more importantly was keeping it down. The past few years, Newton has shown a tendency to throw the ball high and let it sail on him a bit.

The only negative, or blemish on the day, was Newton wasn't able to pick up the first downs on his two rushing attempts. Last season, Newton was fourth in the NFL with rushing first downs with 56 and was able to achieve this number with only 132 rushing attempts. This was a big part of the Panthers' offense and their ability to keep drives alive.

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