Why Taylor Heinicke should win the backup quarterback battle in Carolina
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By Patrick Magoon

This may be one of the more interesting position battles for the Carolina Panthers…

The backup quarterback battle often does not get the attention it deserves. Especially when you have an MVP dual-threat quarterback like Cam Newton. Whether Newton chooses to keep the ball on a read option play or lean back in the pocket and launch a ball deep down the sideline, he almost always does something spectacular. He has carried a group of mediocre receivers to the playoffs multiple times in the last few years. As long as Newton is healthy, the Carolina Panthers should have no problem winning at least six regular season games.

With that said, who would carry the Carolina Panthers to the promise land if Newton were to go down with an unfortunate season-ending injury? Is the answer on the roster? The Panthers can no longer count on veteran backup quarterback Derek Anderson because the team chose not to renew his contract this offseason. While the backup quarterback battle in Carolina is far from over, there is a case to be made for Taylor Heinicke taking over as the No. 2...

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