Carolina Pan­thers

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If emerg­ing healthy from one brief ex­hi­bi­tion ap­pear­ance that fea­tured eight hand­offs and two short com­ple­tions de­fines a suc­cess­ful pre­sea­son, then mis­sion ac­com­plished for QB Cam New

ton and his sur­gi­cally re­paired right shoul­der.

That was the ex­tent of New­ton’s work in a 24-23 win against the Jack­sonville Jaguars, a gameopen­ing 10-play drive that re­sulted in a 9-yard touch­down pass to WR Kelvin Ben­jamin.

Us­ing his­tory as a gauge, New­ton likely will not play in the Pan­thers’ pre­sea­son fi­nale. He hasn’t taken a snap in his team’s fi­nal pre­sea­son game since his rookie sea­son in 2011.

“I was very pleased with what we saw,” coach Ron Rivera said of the No. 1 of­fen­sive unit with New­ton un­der cen­ter in­stead of backup Derek An­der­son. Rookie watch: Sec­on­dround WR Cur­tis Sa­muel made his pre­sea­son de­but, catch­ing four passes for 15 yards. He had been deal­ing with a ham­string is­sue. ... Sec­ond-round T Tay­lor Mo­ton con­tin­ues to see ex­ten­sive play­ing time with 35 snaps and is mak­ing a strong case to be the swing tackle. ... Top pick RB-punt re­turner

Christian McCaf­frey ac­counted for 38 all-pur­pose yards on 10 touches, in­clud­ing a 12-yard catch-and-run. He made his de­but on spe­cial teams, re­turn­ing two punts for 5 yards. Note­wor­thy: Start­ing C Ryan Kalil made his pre­sea­son de­but af­ter miss­ing the first two ex­hi­bi­tions re­hab­bing from shoul­der surgery. ... Vet­eran K Gra­ham

Gano han­dled all kicks for points, con­vert­ing a 31-yard field goal at­tempt and the team’s only ex­tra point. ... Look for third-string QB

Joe Webb, if healthy, to pos­si­bly start against the Steel­ers. But An­der­son re­mains solid at No. 2.

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