The Panthers are set to start Cam Newton for the first time this season, but the veteran QB has been plagued by injuries since his rookie season in 2016.
Now the Panthers are poised to start a rookie at quarterback for the second time in three years.
Carolina quarterback Cam Newton and his teammates will be asked to make the most of their chances in the Super Bowl.
The Panthers announced Tuesday that they have signed quarterback Niccolo Villa to the practice squad, per the team’s website.
Villa, a third-round pick out of Texas in 2017, has appeared in 10 games with four starts.
He completed 6-of-13 passes for 49 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his debut last week against the Colts.
He is expected to play in the Panthers’ first game of the season, against the Ravens on Sunday.
Villas arrival will allow the Panthers to have a backup for Cam in the first game.
The team also released former Miami Dolphins QB Dan Orlovsky on Tuesday.
Orlovs departure has been blamed on a lack of production from the third quarterback position.
Cam Newton will take over as the team starts the regular season in a winless NFC South division.
This marks the third consecutive season the Panthers will start Cam in their first game, joining the 2008-09 season and 2015-16 seasons.
The 2015-2016 season saw Cam Newton lead the Panthers back to the Superbowl for the fourth time in his career.