'I'm back!': Cam Newton scores 2 TDs in first 2 plays with Carolina Panthers

Emily Olsen
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He's "baaaack!"

Cam Newton, appearing in his first NFL action this season, scored two touchdowns on his first two snaps with the Carolina Panthers Sunday. Newton signed Thursday and had been a free agent since he was cut by the New England Patriots during training camp.

Less than five minutes into Panthers' game against the Arizona Cardinals, the QB rushed wide right past the Arizona defense while his offensive line took care of the rest. Newton rushed two yards into the end zone in his first play of the game.

Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) reacts at he is introduced before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018.

Newton exited the end zone toward the cameras, removed his helmet and declared loudly, "I'm back! I'm back!"

The former No. 1 draft pick by Carolina was called for unsportsmanlike conduct and 15-yards were awarded to the Cardinals' ensuing drive.

Newton and quarterback P.J. Walker took turns under center filling in for the injured Sam Darnold. On his second play of the game, with the Panthers driving on the Arizona 2-yard line, Newton took the snap in shotgun formation. Running to his right, he found wide receiver Robby Anderson for the Panthers' second touchdown.

Newton continued to boost his title as the team's all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns and rushing touchdowns.

Reunited and it feels so good in Carolina. The Panthers led top-of-the-NFC Cardinals 20-0 in the first half.