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Call It: Newton or Clausen?

8/19/2011

It might take Ron Rivera a few days to make an official announcement, but by the end of Friday night’s preseason game between the Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins, we should have a pretty good idea who Rivera will decide on as his opening-day starter.

The new coach has had all of training camp to watch Cam Newton, the first overall pick in this year’s draft, and Jimmy Clausen, a second-year pro. Rivera also already has had one preseason game to judge Newton and Clausen and each did some good things in that outing.

Rivera has said he wants to make a decision before the third preseason game so the Panthers can go through that week preparing like it’s the regular season. That means Friday should be the final chapter in this battle.

I think Newton will win as long as he doesn’t have a disastrous game in Miami. But it’s possible he could struggle and it’s also possible Clausen could shine and win the job.

Let’s hear your thoughts. Cast your vote in our Call It poll to the right for who you think will win the job as Carolina’s starting quarterback.