In Sunday’s season-opening loss to the Rams, Newton threw just one pass that traveled 20-plus yards beyond the line of scrimmage, and that was a misfire to an open Curtis Samuel.

And because Newton’s 37 other attempts were of the short or intermediate variety, there were queries afterward about why he never seemed to try to stretch the defense.

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Cam Newton isn’t worried about proving he can still throw the deep ball.

The Panthers quarterback says he doesn’t care about the perception after Sunday’s loss to the Rams.

He just wants to beat the Bucs on Thursday night.

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