By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
New Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper has admitted that starting quarterback Cam Newton may have to miss the 2019 season due to a shoulder injury. Tepper said the team is preparing for the worst.
The 29-year-old College Park, Georgia native missed the final two games of the season with the injury. In those games, Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen started those games.
One stop-gap quarterback that will be available beginning in March is Ryan Fitzpatrick. The 36-year-old Gilbert, Arizona native has spent the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers and the Panthers play in the same Division.
This season, Fitzpatrick appeared in 8 games with seven starts and went 2-5 in those games. He went 164 of 246 for 2,366 yards with 17 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Fitzpatrick split time with Jameis Winston, as the Buccaneers struggled at the quarterback position in 2018. With Bruce Arians being named the new head coach of the franchise, the team is not expected to re-sign Fitzpatrick, as Winston is expected to be the starter throughout barring an injury.
His best game of the season came in the season-opener against the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 in a 48-40 win. Fitzpatrick went 21 of 28 for 417 yards with four touchdowns.
He had four games, where he had more than 400 passing yards. Fitzpatrick accounted these in Week 1-3 and again in Week 10.
His worst game of the season came in a Week 11 game against the New York Giants. He went 13 of 21 for 167 yards with three interceptions.