Dan Carpenter

Newton perfect in preseason debut, Panthers edge Jags 24-23

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...