CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton outplayed rookie Ryan Tannehill in a matchup of young quarterbacks Friday night as the Carolina Panthers defeated the Miami Dolphins 23-17 in a preseason game.
Newton looked extremely sharp, completing 8 of 11 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown as the Panthers jumped all over the injury-depleted Dolphins defense early, scoring on their first three possessions to take a 17-0 lead.
Last year’s AP Offensive Rookie of the Year threw a touchdown pass to DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart scored on a 2-yard plunge. Newton had been expected to play into the second quarter, but was removed with 1:12 left in the first after a solid night’s work.
Tannehill, making his first preseason start for the Dolphins, played the entire first half and led six possessions – four of which ended in three-and-out. He finished 11 of 23 for 100 yards passing.
PACKERS: Coach Mike McCarthy says wide receiver Greg Jennings has made significant steps in his recovery from a concussion and may be able to return to practice Sunday.
Jennings has been out of practice since he sustained a concussion in the Packers’ Aug. 3 “Family Night” scrimmage at Lambeau Field. McCarthy said Friday that Jennings had progressed through the protocol for returning from head injuries and was close to returning.
McCarthy also says linebacker Desmond Bishop had surgery Friday, after tearing his right hamstring in the Packers’ first preseason game. It is not clear if Bishop will miss the season, although McCarthy said previously that his season was in jeopardy.
PATRIOTS: Agreed to terms with Olympic silver medalist Jeff Demps, who played running back at Florida but was not drafted by an NFL team because he said he wanted to focus on his track career.
Demps earned the Olympic silver medal in the 4x100 relay as part of the team that finished second to Jamaica at the London Games last week.
STEELERS: Made a surprise move in activating nose tackle Casey Hampton and running back Rashard Mendenhall from the physically unable to perform list.
Each veteran has been rehabilitating a torn ACL sustained in January. Mendenhall’s right knee was injured in the Jan. 1 regular-season finale at Cleveland, while Hampton’s left knee ligament was torn in the Jan. 8 playoff loss at Denver.
CHIEFS: Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe signed his franchise tender after skipping Kansas City’s entire off-season program and the beginning of training camp.
The team announced Friday that Bowe had signed. He will make about $9.5 million this season.