Cam Newton, the Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback who was taken #1 overall in April's draft, has had an individual first half to his first season that nobody expected. He's currently sixth in the entire NFL with 2,393 passing yards. He has an 11:9 passing touchdown to interception ratio. And on top of that, he has 319 yards rushing, good for just under 40 per game, and seven rushing touchdowns. He's had three games of over 375 passing yards, including two over 420.
Yet when asked by the 2 Live Stews radio show about how his rookie season has gone, Newton wasn't glowing about his impressive individual stats.
“If anything, I feel like I’ve failed myself due to this game is about wins and losses,” Newton said. “And I’m not hanging my hat on no 2-6 season and we still have an opportunity to change that.”
Through eight games, all of which Newton has started, the Panthers own a .250 winning percentage.
But, nor am I trying to just sit back and say, ‘Man, look what I did,’” Newton said. “I still have things that I want to do.”
With Newton's 6'5" 248 pound frame, Howitzer for a right arm and his natural ability to carry the football on QB keepers and scrambles plus his attitude toward team goals, the Panthers have to be happy with what they have. With all the goodie two-shoes Tebow hype, it's refreshing to know that there are young quarterbacks with his drive and oh yeah, NFL TALENT.
Good for Newton. Good for Carolina. Good for the NFL.
Propers to PFT