Cam Newton can empathize with what Justin Herbert is going through in his rookie season with the Los Angeles Chargers. The New England signal-caller set several rookie milestones when he was the top overall pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2011. While it led to Newton being the Offensive Rookie of the Year, it didn't translate into immediate success for the Panthers, who were 3-8 through their first 11 games.
While the win-loss record might not reflect it, first-year coach Matt Rhule has the Carolina Panthers headed in the right direction. The Panthers are 4-8 entering the bye week and any realistic chances of reaching the playoffs - even with an extra wild card team added in both conferences this year - have all but evaporated. The lack of an offseason and preseason games due to the coronavirus pandemic limited Carolina's chances of developing much in the way of chemistry and put Rhule and his staff of mostly college coaches even further behind the eight-ball.
Pittsburgh hosted three players for visits, including center and tackle positions impacted by Reserve/COVID-19 list and OLB depth.