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2019 Schedule
5-11, 4th in NFC South
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2dDavid Newton

Bridgewater not worried about filling Cam's shoes

Teddy Bridgewater said he'll continue to just "be me" as the new QB of the Panthers, that he believes in himself and the talent around him, and that "I'm a winner."

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

If former Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is ‘'Superman'' then what is his replacement, Teddy Bridgewater? Says Bridgewater: ‘'Always cool, always calm.'' Well said. A very down to earth player.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Teddy Bridgewater says he hasn't heard from former Panthers quarterback Cam Newton since he was signed. But he reminds Newton had a great impact on him as a player growing up and talks about Newton with great respect. He laughed at the suggesting Carolina might tank this season, saying he is all about competing.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

New Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, recalling his horrific injury in Minnesota, says he was reminded life is a race and ‘'right now I am back in the race.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Teddy Bridgewater reminded he replaced a great quarterback last year in Drew Brees at New Orleans when asked what it was going to be like replacing Cam Newton at Carolina.“Yeah, I'm aware of the situation I'm coming into. All I can do is be myself.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

After declining the option on DT Dontari Poe the Panthers filled a need by signing former Cardinals DT Zach Kerr to a two-year deal. This adds a veteran presence beside Pro Bowler Kawann Short. Doesn't mean Carolina wouldn't take a DT like Auburn's Derrick Brown with the seventh pick of the draft. The Panthers also signed WR DeAndrew White to a one-year deal. More depth there.

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4dTim Keown

Can Cam Newton's second act live up to the first?

For much of Newton's career, his every action sparked national attention. Now, it's his reaction -- to his recovery, to his release -- that will define the reinvention of one of the most dynamic athletes the NFL has seen.

Was signing Robby Anderson a smart move for the Panthers? (0:46)
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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

New Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson talked about new Carolina coach Matt Rhule the day after the 2019 season ended. Called him a great coach. Anderson flunked out of Temple and then returned there when Rhule was the coach from 2013-16. “He fought to get me back into Temple,'' Anderson said (via ESPN.com's Rich Cimini). "He believed in me. We didn't always see eye to eye, but I was young and stubborn.”

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Source: WR Anderson leaves Jets for Panthers

Receiver Robby Anderson, who caught 52 passes for 779 yards and two touchdowns last season for the Jets, has reached a two-year, $20 million deal with the Panthers, a source told ESPN.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Less than a half hour after making quarterback Cam Newton's release official, the Panthers took some of the sting out of that decision by reaching a two-year, $20 million deal with Jets free agent wide receiver Robby Anderson. That gives the Panthers four former Temple players for new coach Matt Rhule, who coached Temple from 2013-16. Teaming Anderson with DJ Moore will make for a potent threat for new quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

No comment from new Panthers coach Matt Rhule in the team announcement that Cam Newton's release was official. He was put in a tough spot inheriting this situation. Will be easier for him and the organization to move forward now that it's official.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers officially release Cam Newton: "Cam has meant a lot to this organization and the Carolinas," general manager Marty Hurney said. "Everyone saw his performances on the field. I had the privilege of seeing how hard he worked off the field, and his commitment to this team when no one was watching. He's the ultimate competitor and it physically hurts him to lose.''

What's next for Cam Newton after Panthers' release? (1:08)
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Why Stephen A. isn't surprised by Panthers' decision to release Newton (1:49)
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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Not a huge surprise the Panthers plan to release quarterback Cam Newton today, as ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. My sources said Newton would be released soon after Teddy Bridgewater signed his three-year, $63-million deal to make it official. Bridgewater signed his deal Monday night, so the Panthers need to clear Newton's $21.1 million from the cap. End of an era.

Team Stats

Passing Yards228.120th
Rushing Yards113.714th
Points For21.320th
Points Against29.4