Cam Newton sets rookie passing mark

December, 24, 2011
12/24/11
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It didn’t take long for Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to grab another piece of history.

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Early in the first quarter, Newton overtook Peyton Manning’s NFL record for rookie passing yards in a season. Manning’s record was 3,739 yards.

As I type this, Newton has 3,747 yards, but it’s early. Next target for Newton is 4,000 yards.

By the way, nice start by the Buccaneers. Yep, they really look like a team that’s giving its all to try to save coach Raheem Morris’ job. The Panthers went right through Tampa Bay’s defense on the first drive.

Then, Tampa Bay’s LeGarrette Blount fumbled on the first offensive play. The Panthers recovered and kicked a field goal to take a 10-0 lead.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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