Panthers To Start Kyle Allen In Week 8

Kyle Allen will make his fifth consecutive start for the Panthers next week. The second-year UDFA will get the call again when the Panthers face the 49ers in San Francisco, Ron Rivera said Monday, per The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue (on Twitter).

It was believed unlikely that Cam Newton would return from his foot injury this week, but Rivera’s announcement ends any speculation. The ninth-year starter will, however, work out on a side field. The Panthers have not reached the quarterback-controversy stage of this process, with Newton not yet ready to return. But that day could be coming, and this week’s game will be telling for Allen’s progress (and the Panthers’ status as an NFC contender).

Facing the undefeated 49ers will be Allen’s greatest challenge since taking over under center. When Allen took over, the Panthers were 0-2 and looked likely to fall out of the playoff race. Instead, they have won four straight and are in prime position to fight for an NFC playoff spot.

In his four appearances this season, Allen has completed 65.6% of his passes for just over 225 yards a game. He has a 7-to-0 touchdown pass-to-interception ratio. Should Allen fare well against the 49ers, Rivera may have to make a tough decision. But the Panthers are not at that point yet.

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  1. imindless
    imindless

    They should trade cam, could get a huge hall for him and not much of a drop of to allen in terms of production.

    • kaehlaone

      In the offseason maybe but they aren’t going to get “a haul”. Probably a pick or two after the 2nd round and salary savings

  2. BuckarooBanzai

    … because Kyle has been the reason for the wins?

    stop it
    just stop it

  3. inkstainedscribe

    Cam needs to heal and play. Then we can see if there’s any QB controversy.

    That said, I wouldn’t extend Cam’s deal. He’s getting beat up like a RB and those guys don’t last forever.

  4. jellbuc

    Cam needs to get back to being Cam or their is no controversy. Allen is a game manager and doing fine but they need Cam back to being Cam for them to contend for anything more then just a wild card spot.

    Oh and cam being cam counts him running not over throwing from the pocket. He isn’t and will never be a pocket passer!! Stop trying to make him one. Wouldn’t he rather have 2 or 3 years of good football then 5 years of being a backup?

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