Ryan Clark shares doubts about Cam Newton returning to the Panthers

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 13: Ryan Clark of ESPN speaks before the College Football Playoff National Championship game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Former NFL defensive back Ryan Clark guest appeared on ESPN’s “Get Up” to discuss Cam Newton signing back with the Carolina Panthers. Though he seemed happy about it, he did share doubts about Newton’s abilities to help the team.

“I don’t necessarily think it’s going to go as well as everybody would want. There’s a sense of nostalgia here. We remember what Superman Cam was for the Carolina Panthers […] breaking records as a rookie. And who could forget 2015, that MVP run that brought that team to the Super Bowl? But after that, it was downhill for Cam Newton. He didn’t do what we expected in New England […] I don’t believe that Cam Newton plays this team back into the playoffs.”

Ryan Clark

To Clark’s point, Newton hasn’t resembled the superstar he once was for the Panthers in some time now. This decline in his abilities and injury struggles played into the Panthers parting ways with him in the first place. With Sam Darnold now out for the next 4-6 weeks, the team needed a viable option to lead the team forward.

Cam Newton won’t be available to play this Sunday for the Panthers game against the Arizona Cardinals. However, the restrictions end after that, meaning that he’ll likely take over under center for their week 11 matchup against Washington.

Can Cam Newton carry the Panthers again?

The Panthers come into week ten as the eighth seed in the NFC. They stand just half a game back of the Atlanta Falcons for the final playoff spot. With Newton entering the fray, the Panthers have as good a chance at cracking a playoff spot as they can find.

How this second stint goes will have severe implications for the Panthers’ QB situation moving forward and the remainder of Cam Newton’s playing career. After his release from the Patriots, many speculated on the possibility that he was done. He’ll have to put his best foot forward in the next few games to extend his NFL run in 2022.

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