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Panthers: It’s OK for Cam Newton To Check Down And Go To Next Play

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The Carolina Panthers are hoping that the addition of offensive coordinator Norv Turner will lead to an improved Cam Newton and a big season from their franchise signal caller.

With Newton completing 58.5 percent of his passes over the course of his career, there is room for obvious improvement and the team is hoping that they can convince Newton that it is okay for him not to swing for the fences on every play.

“With him, on every play, we want to make sure he has a plan and he’s following that plan,” Panthers quarterbacks coach Scott Turner said, in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer. “And to know checking down is OK. A lot of Cam’s issues have come because he’s so talented that he thinks he can make every play work. And sometimes, it’s just not there, so you check down and go to the next play.

By holding the ball, sometimes he takes hits or falls into negative plays. Making decisions quick, getting the ball out of his hand, that’s where, when he improves, the consistency will come. We’re not trying to make him anything he’s not. We want him to be the best version of himself.”

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Panthers Release Da’Norris Searcy

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The Carolina Panthers have cut veteran safety Da’Norris Searcy, according to an official team announcement.

Additionally, Carolina also waived offensive tackle Isaiah Battle.

Searcy inked a two-year, $5.7 million deal with the Panthers back in 2018, but managed only 12 tackles and 1 interception during his lone season in Carolina.

Searcy missed 8 games of the 2018 season due to a pair of concussions he suffered back in September, which proved to effectively end his season.

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Panthers Decline Vernon Butler’s Option

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The Carolina Panthers have declined the fifth year option on defensive tackle Vernon Butler, according to a team announcement.

Butler, who was selected during the 1st round of the 2016 NFL Draft, will not hit unrestricted free agency following the 2019 season.

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Jonathan Stewart Retires with Carolina Panthers

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Veteran running back Jonathan Stewart spent all but one year of his career with the Carolina Panthers, and today he inked a one-day contract so that he can retire a Panther.

Stewart played 10 years in Caroline before spending last season with the New York Giants where he only toted the ball 6 times for 17 yards in 3 games.

But today marked a happy ending for Stewart and the Panthers.

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