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Panthers Coach Ron Rivera Thinks QB Cam Newton Is Pressing
Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he believes second-year quarterback Cam Newton has been pressing and trying to hit too many downfield passes when other receivers are open underneath.
Newton had one of his worst games Sunday in a 16-12 loss to Seattle. He completed 41.4 percent of his passes (12 of 29) for 141 yards – both career lows – and was sacked four times.
Newton did not lead a touchdown drive.
“I think he's pressing, personally I do. He wants to make things happen so much,” Rivera said Monday. “He's trying very hard to do those things, do the right things. It's all part of him developing as a football player.”
Although the Panthers' vertical stretch offense relies on downfield throws, Rivera said Newton needs to learn there are times when shorter passes are better.
“It's not just to advance the ball quickly. But it's to work the different levels, different options and different combinations that are there. They take this away, come down and get this,” Rivera said. “I think sometimes he holds it a little bit. He's waiting for that guy to clear, and sometimes it's too late.”
Source: Charlotte Observer
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