The Carolina Panthers star Quarterback Cam Newton has been discussing his teams first pre-season game and it does not make good reading.
The panthers fell to the Buffalo Bills 20-18 and the Carolina offense really struggled to get off of the ground throughout the match.
As with all pre-season games in the NFL, the Panthers used a lot of their secondary players and when they were on the field, it made for painful viewing for Panthers fans.
Newton didn't feature in the game and is still recovering from the ankle surgery he underwent during the off-season.
But the Panthers starting Quarterback wasn't happy with what he saw on the field from his offensive team-mates against Buffalo.
His scathing criticism looked ahead to the upcoming NFL season and he said: "as an offense we gotta get better. Some things we made hard for ourselves in situations that we gotta be better in."
He continued to comment on the performance of his team and how there were constantly things that needed to be addressed ahead of their next game.
They struggled against Buffalo - a team who aren't expected to be around in play-offs this year and although it was only the first pre-season encounter, it was worrying for Newton.
A bad night for Cam
Not only did Newton have to witness his team fall to a defeat against Buffalo, but he had his own personal disappointment to deal with.
Newton was very eager to get on the field but was told hours before kick off that he wouldn't be featuring.
Despite his desire to play, Newton claimed to be viewing the bigger picture: "That's the plan and I'm gonna stick to it and if that's how they felt, that's how I felt,"
Newton is however expected to feature for the Panthers during their next game against the Kansas City Chiefs ahead of a very big year for the former Heisman trophy winner.
A big year
The upcoming season will be Newton's second as a captain for the Panthers but for the first time, he will be one of the lead names.
With Jordan Gross and Steve Smith now gone, Newton along with Center Ryan Kalil will be the main leaders on the field.
Carolina made the play-offs last year for the first time since 2008 and the pressure will be on Newton to lead them there once again this year and perhaps bring them their first post-season victory since 2005.
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