Carolina Panthers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

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Game Information
Location: EverBank Field Jacksonville, Florida
Attendance: 57,606

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Cam Newton was perfect in his preseason debut.

Seeing live action for the first time since last season's finale, Newton completed both of his passes for 21 yards and a touchdown in the Carolina Panthers' 24-23 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night.

Newton's 9-yard slant pass to Kelvin Benjamin capped a 10-play opening drive that showed coach Ron Rivera all he needed to see from his star quarterback. Newton spent the rest of the night watching from the sideline.

Afterward, Newton said he was ready for the season opener.

"Absolutely," he said. "You ain't got no choice. When everything gets to going, pretty sure coach will have everyone ready to go. And that's all you can ask for."

The 2015 league MVP had surgery in March to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his right, throwing shoulder. Newton participated in the first five practices of training camp before developing soreness and backing off for nearly two weeks.

He amped up his workload this week in preparation for the team's third exhibition, quite possibly the only action he'll get in the preseason. The Panthers (2-1) wrap up exhibition play next week against Pittsburgh.

The Jaguars (1-2), meanwhile, will continue their quarterback competition into the preseason finale at Atlanta.

"I've got to do the best job for the organization and best job for the team," coach Doug Marrone said. "I'm not going to put that pressure on myself to say, `Hey, listen, I need to do this.' I've got time. You'd like to make the decision quickly, but you want to make sure you make the right decision. That's the most important thing."

Chad Henne got the start over Blake Bortles and had an up-and-down night that would have been much better if not for a drop. Henne completed 8 of 14 passes for 73 yards. He lofted two perfect deep balls to rookie Keelan Cole and Allen Robinson, although Cole dropped a would-be touchdown for the second time in as many games.

Henne also was sacked three times and had a pass batted down at the line of scrimmage. He led the Jaguars on two scoring drives in five possessions, the first one aided by a 51-yard run on a fake punt.

Bortles was 12-of-16 passing for 125 yards, highlighted by a 4-yard touchdown pass to Shane Wynn in the fourth quarter. Bortles also threw an interception that was returned 48 yards and set up a touchdown in the third. The ill-advised pass was a little behind Allen Hurns and into double coverage.

Bortles and Jacksonville's starting offensive line played deep into the fourth quarter, facing mostly second- and third-teamers.

It came a week after Marrone essentially benched Bortles following a rough preseason outing.

"I don't know if it can get any worse than that," Bortles said. "As a quarterback in the NFL, it's probably the last thing you ever want to hear. You can roll over and lay down or you can just keep working and grinding and earn that spot. So you have two options. You pick one and you go."

WELCOME BACK

Two-time All-Pro center Ryan Kalil also made his preseason debut after sitting out two games with a shoulder injury. And rookie receiver Curtis Samuel, a second-round draft pick from Ohio State, saw extensive action after missing time because of a hamstring injury. Samuel finished with four receptions for 15 yards. He was targeted a team-high six times.

MAKING AMENDS

Jaguars kicker Jason Myers drilled a 44-yard field goal and both extra points, saving his job at least for now. Myers missed three field-goal attempts and an extra point in Jacksonville's first two preseason games, prompting the Jaguars to bring in veteran Dan Carpenter and Patrick Murray for workouts last weekend. The team opted not to sign either one, instead putting Myers on notice about his shaky job security.

SITTING OUT

The Jaguars were without several starters, including running back Leonard Fournette (foot), receiver Marqise Lee (ankle) and cornerback A.J. Bouye (undisclosed). Cornerback Aaron Colvin (ankle), receiver Rashad Greene (back), running back T.J. Yeldon (hamstring), defensive end Dante Fowler (leg), tight end Mychal Rivera (hand) and defensive tackle Michael Bennett (lower body) also sat out.

INJURIES

Panthers: Guard Dan France left the game to be evaluated for a concussion.

Jaguars: Cornerback Doran Grant also was evaluated for a concussion and cleared to return.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Panthers Jaguars
08:34 Kelvin Benjamin 9 yd pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick) 7 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Panthers Jaguars
13:30 Chris Ivory 1 yd run (Jason Myers kick) 7 7
03:54 Graham Gano 31 yd FG 10 7
00:11 Jason Myers 44 yd FG 10 10

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Panthers Jaguars
02:28 Cameron Artis-Payne 2 yd run (failed 2pt Rush) 16 10

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Panthers Jaguars
13:13 Shane Wynn 4 yd pass from Blake Bortles (Jason Myers kick) 16 17
10:35 Cameron Artis-Payne 8 yd run (Kaelin Clay 2pt Pass from Garrett Gilbert) 24 17
05:23 Jonathan Grimes 1 yd run (failed 2pt Pass from Blake Bortles) 24 23

Team Stats
  Carolina Jacksonville
1st Downs 20 19
Total Yards 304 338
Passing 184 202
Passing Completions/Attempts 20-33 21-35
Yards/Pass 5.6 5.3
Rushing 120 136
Rushing Attempts 29 26
Yards/Rush 4.1 5.2
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Possession 30:41 29:19

Carolina Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Garrett Gilbert 8 12 97 8.1 0 0
Derek Anderson 10 19 66 3.5 0 1
Cam Newton 2 2 21 10.5 1 0

Jacksonville Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Blake Bortles 12 16 125 7.8 1 1
Chad Henne 8 14 73 5.2 0 0
Brandon Allen 1 5 22 4.4 0 0

Carolina Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Jonathan Stewart 5 39 7.8 0 31
Cameron Artis-Payne 9 37 4.1 2 11
Christian McCaffrey 7 21 3.0 0 6
Fozzy Whittaker 1 13 13.0 0 13
Jalen Simmons 5 12 2.4 0 4
Derek Anderson 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1
Garrett Gilbert 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

Jacksonville Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Corey Grant 10 58 5.8 0 51
Chris Ivory 10 36 3.6 1 10
Chad Henne 1 14 14.0 0 14
Jonathan Grimes 3 13 4.3 1 9
Blake Bortles 1 9 9.0 0 9
Brandon Allen 1 6 6.0 0 6

Carolina Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Mose Frazier 2 48 24.0 0 35
Kelvin Benjamin 4 36 9.0 1 11
Devin Funchess 2 21 10.5 0 14
Curtis Samuel 4 15 3.8 0 7
Greg Olsen 2 14 7.0 0 9
Alex Armah 1 13 13.0 0 13
Ed Dickson 1 13 13.0 0 13
Christian McCaffrey 1 12 12.0 0 12
Jalen Simmons 2 9 4.5 0 7
Jonathan Stewart 1 3 3.0 0 3

Jacksonville Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Allen Robinson 2 50 25.0 0 37
Shane Wynn 3 32 10.7 1 18
Ben Koyack 1 30 30.0 0 30
Alex Ellis 3 29 9.7 0 22
Allen Hurns 3 28 9.3 0 14
Neal Sterling 1 19 19.0 0 19
Larry Pinkard 3 17 5.7 0 8
Jonathan Grimes 1 6 6.0 0 6
Chris Ivory 1 6 6.0 0 6
Keelan Cole 1 4 4.0 0 4
Tommy Bohanon 1 1 1.0 0 1
Corey Grant 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2

Carolina Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Damian Parms 7 0 0 0
David Mayo 5 2 0 0
Jeremy Cash 4 1 0 0
Kurt Coleman 4 1 0 0
Luke Kuechly 4 1 0 0
Thomas Davis 2 1 1 4
Shaq Thompson 2 0 0 0
Mario Addison 1 0 1 7
Bryan Cox Jr. 1 0 1 7
Mike Adams 1 0 0 0
Eric Crume 1 1 0 0
Ben Jacobs 1 1 0 0
Colin Jones 1 0 0 0
Cole Luke 1 1 0 0
Efe Obada 1 0 0 0
Julius Peppers 1 0 0 0
Jeff Richards 1 0 0 0
Zack Sanchez 1 0 0 0
Dezmen Southward 1 0 0 0
Cameron Artis-Payne 0 0 0 0
Ed Dickson 0 0 0 0
Devonte Johnson 0 1 0 0
Zach Moore 0 1 0 0
Captain Munnerlyn 0 1 0 0
Fozzy Whittaker 0 0 0 0
Darrel Young 0 0 0 0

Jacksonville Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Barry Church 8 1 0 0
Myles Jack 4 0 0 0
Stanley Jean-Baptiste 4 0 0 0
Jeron Johnson 3 0 0 0
Calais Campbell 2 0 0 0
Stefan Charles 2 0 0 0
Audie Cole 2 0 0 0
Doran Grant 2 0 0 0
Abry Jones 2 0 0 0
Hayes Pullard III 2 0 0 0
Telvin Smith 2 0 0 0
Blair Brown 1 1 0 0
P.J. Davis 1 0 0 0
Andrew Gachkar 1 0 0 0
Tashaun Gipson 1 0 0 0
Josh McNary 1 0 0 0
Jalen Myrick 1 0 0 0
Tyler Patmon 1 0 0 0
Carroll Phillips 1 0 0 0
Paul Posluszny 1 0 0 0
Keelan Cole 0 0 0 0
Allen Hurns 0 0 0 0
Malik Jackson 0 0 0 0
Lerentee McCray 0 0 0 0
Matt Overton 0 0 0 0
Jalen Ramsey 0 1 0 0
Peyton Thompson 0 0 0 0
Jarrod Wilson 0 1 0 0

Carolina Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Zack Sanchez 1 48 0

Jacksonville Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Stanley Jean-Baptiste 1 11 0

Carolina Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Kaelin Clay 2 36 18.0 0 18
Fozzy Whittaker 1 10 10.0 0 10

Jacksonville Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Shane Wynn 1 48 48.0 0 48
Arrelious Benn 2 34 17.0 0 28

Carolina Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Kaelin Clay 1 7 7.0 0 7
Christian McCaffrey 2 5 2.5 0 5

Jacksonville Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Shane Wynn 3 10 3.3 0 4

Carolina Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Graham Gano 1 1 100.0 31

Jacksonville Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Jason Myers 1 1 100.0 44

Carolina Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Andy Lee 3 154 58
Michael Palardy 2 101 51

Jacksonville Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Brad Nortman 5 244 64