Cam Newton was announced to be the starter in the second preseason game against the Miami Dolphins this upcoming Friday.
This should come as no surprise as Jimmy Clausen, despite looking much more composed than last year, didn't really separate himself from Newton. Clausen had a debatable blunder in the first quarter but bounced back and showed poise while playing with the first-team offense.
Newton showed similar poise without the big blunder but stalled in the red zone. Part of this might have been because he was playing with the second- and third-string offense, but he was also playing against a scrub defense.
The consensus was that Cam would struggle making the transition from the spread offense to a pro-style offense, but Newton showed he could line up under center despite being hurried and sacked due to poor line play.
Cam needs to make the most out of his time with the starters. Everyone is anticipating him bringing his electric style of play to Carolina, but he needs to prove he belongs and he needs to start showing it right away against Miami on Friday.