Cam Newton named Carolina Panthers starting QB for Sunday vs Washington Football Team

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A few weeks ago, Cam Newton was just hoping a team would want him on their roster. This Sunday, he will resume being an NFL starting quarterback.

Newton, who signed back with the Carolina Panthers almost two weeks ago, is now going to be their starting quarterback this Sunday against the Washington Football Team.

Newton will square off against his old coach from the Panthers in Ron Rivera, who is currently the head coach in Washington. They were together when they made it to Super Bowl 50 almost six years ago.

The Panthers had a need for another quarterback when Sam Darnold injured his shoulder a few weeks ago and would be sidelined for at least a month, which lead to Carolina bringing Newton back for a second stint.

PJ Walker started the game against the Arizona Cardinals, but Newton made a relief appearance and scored his first touchdown of the season; a rushing touchdown.

Newton played last season with the New England Patriots and was initially signed to play with them again in 2021, but was released before the start of the season when Mac Jones won the starting quarterback job.

He remained a free agent for most of the first half despite speculation on teams being interested in his services; the Seattle Seahawks had spoken to him, but decided not to sign him.

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Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws. In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views. After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016. In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season. In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW. Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.
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