Carolina Panthers offense performance through the first quarter of 2018

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Cam Newton
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CHARLOTTE, NC – OCTOBER 07: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates a touchdown against the New York Giants in the fourth quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

Quarterback: 87, B+

B vs. Cowboys, B+ at Falcons, A vs. Bengals, B- vs. Giants

Cam Newton entered 2018 healthy, unlike last season, but under the new leadership from an offensive coordinator for the third time in his career. Norv Turner has made a concerted effort to design plays which allow Newton to make easy reads, get rid of the football quickly and take advantage of his strengths.

To this point it appears to be working and while there have been a few down the field chances mixed in, the lack of speed at wide receiver has been noticeable. Hopefully the return of Curtis Samuel, who only played against New York, signals a change in the current pattern.

Newton continue to be a weapon in the run game and it is nice to see Carolina has not shied away from one of his main attributes. Whether scrambling or by design, the Panthers quarterback continues to impress.