Panthers coach Ron Rivera has made the right move starting Jimmy Clausen Saturday against the New York Giants. Clausen is the veteran, this week overall in practice I think he's looked better throwing the ball and certainly he's a bit more familiar with the speed of the NFL game than Cam Newton.
With that said, as I wrote in this blog earlier this week, I'd start Clausen this week but then let Newton have a start next week at the Miami Dolphins. See what he can do. Let them both play under as equal circumstances as possible over a two-week period and then see what you've got.
In the meantime, they both have one less receiver to throw to, as the torn ACL in David Gettis's knee means he will be lost for the season. That's a blow, for sure, but only the second-most significant injury in camp so far. The first? The torn triceps sustained by DT Ron Edwards, counted on to bolster the middle of the Panther defense.
Gettis certainly is a blow, too, but I don't think he would have started anyway. Before he was hurt, Rivera wasn't high on either what Gettis or fellow second-year receiver Brandon LaFell had done in this camp. In any case, this makes it all the more smart-looking that the Panthers and Steve Smith mended fences.
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