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Cam Newton exceeded all expectations last year, especially mine. Coming out of Auburn I was not expecting Cam Newton to be able to adapt to the NFL game. Watching his interview with Coach John Gruden, when he could not name a single play, I thought he was going to fail.
I have no problem admitting I was wrong. Cam Newton exploded onto the scene and became a superstar in the NFL. There's a long history of Quarterbacks that perform well their rookie year and suffer a sophomore slump. I think that Cam Newton has a lot of factors working in his favor that will help him succeed in 2012.
Last year Cam Newton came into the League during a heated labor dispute. Due to the Owners lockout Cam was not able to participate in any offseason workouts or any organized team activities. When the labor dispute was finalized, camp and preseason was compressed giving teams even less time to work with Rookies, putting Cam into an even bigger hole.
Cam Newton responded by putting up huge numbers for a rookie. What was even more amazing was his poise as a QB and how he handled his personal success. I found myself watching Panthers games just to see how he was going to perform.
How will Cam respond in 2012? I think he's going to exceed expectations again this season. In fact, I've predicted him to be the #1 Fantasy QB in 2012
There are several things working in Cam's favor. Not only does Cam Newton have a full season as an NFL starting QB, but he has an entire offseason program with the team. Additionally, the Panthers have an entire offseason to figure out how to use Cam Newton. The Panthers did not know what they had in Cam Newton heading into last season. The offensive game plan was adjusting every week trying to build on Cam's strengths and feed him as many plays as he could handle. I expect the Panthers to put together more planned runs, rollout passes and more ways for Cam to find the end zone with his legs.
The Panthers have a lot of work to do in order to make the playoffs. Their defense needs to get a lot better or they will not have a chance. I expect them to finish with six wins, not because they aren't improving, but because they have a tough schedule. I do expect them to contend for a playoff spot next season if they continue to build their defense.
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Cam Newton is everywhere.
If he's not flying through your television set on ''Cam's Night Out'' hawking Under Armour gear or sucking down Gatorade and ''Winning the Fifth Quarter,'' chances are you've seen the 23-year-old quarterback featured prominently by the NFL in advertisements for its preseason games.
He's been on the intro...
Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton has his center Ryan Kalil’s back. After Kalil took out a newspaper ad in the Charlotte Observer that boldly predicted a Super Bowl win for his franchise, he was scoffed at by just about everyone outside of his organization.
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Cam Newton was asked Monday afternoon if he was going to add to his Superman celebration that gained so much national attention last season.
His reply: Hmmmmm, stay tuned and youll see.
There are many other reasons to stay tuned regarding the Carolina Panthers and Newton, last seasons NFL Rookie of the Year.
Newton seemingly began preparing for this season...
The dog days of training camp are upon us and the heat of Spartanburg, S.C. is taking it's toll on the players of the Carolina Panthers slowly, but surely.
The Panthers have been at it since Saturday, July 28, and some players have begun to leave their mark on the fields of Wofford College where the Panthers have practiced since the franchise was founded in 1995.
Wide receiver Brandon LaFell says he's ready for a bigger role with the Carolina Panthers.
And he'll get it this year.
LaFell enters his third season as the Panthers' No. 2 receiver and will start alongside five-time Pro Bowler Steve Smith.
LaFell started six games at the end of last year and played well but knows this is no time to relax. The Panthers (No. 20 in the...
Spartanburg, SC – The Carolina Panthers worked out in the rain this morning. But the big story of the day was that Jeff Otah, the injury-plagued offensive tackle is returning to the team after his trade to the New York Jets was voided when Otah failed his physical with New York.
Jeff Otah’s return to the Panthers could be awkward
The Panthers can keep Otah on the physically unable...
Defensive tackle Ron Edwards arrived at Carolina Panthers training camp with one thing on his mind: ''I just wanted to hit something.''
You can't blame him.
Edwards' first season in Carolina lasted all of about two-and-a-half hours. He tore his triceps in Carolina's first training camp practice last summer. The Panthers quickly placed him on injured...
The defensive backs struggled last season. To their credit, however, the front seven struggled to pressure the quarterback, leaving opposing receivers more time to get open. Despite criticism, Chris Gamble has been a solid number one option at cornerback for the Panthers. Captain Munnerlyn is an excellent option at nickelback, but lacks the size to be a solid number two option...
General manager Marty Hurney said the Carolina Panthers are waiting for the results of a physical exam on offensive tackle Jeff Otah before making a decision on the future of the team's former first-round draft pick.
Carolina traded Otah to the New York Jets last week, but the deal was rescinded after Otah failed his physical. He reverted back to the Panthers' roster.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said center Ryan Kalil's prediction of a Super Bowl victory this season was "pretty cool."
Kalil took out a full-page advertisement in The Charlotte Observer last week guaranteeing Carolina fans would be rewarded for their unwavering support with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Richardson made a similar...
SPARTANBURG, SC -- To say there's plenty of competition in the Carolina Panthers' training camp at wide receiver would be an understatement.
Holdovers such as Brandon LaFell, Armanti Edwards, David Gettis, Darvin Adams and Kealoha Pilares are vying to make the team in some cases and to raise their performance to possibly complement star veteran Steve Smith in another. Newcomers...
Brandon LaFell is eager to play a bigger role this year in the Carolina Panthers' offense.
And he's going to get that opportunity.
Comments on the Carolina Panthers by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
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Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 14): Should I say Cam-olina Panthers? 2011 NFL Offensive Rookie of Year Cam Newton is just scratching surface of how good a quarterback he can become.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 18: Sophomore slump for Cam Newton? He's about to find out. Would help...
Written By: Kyle Newton (@KNewt22)
The NFC East is a beast of a division. Every team is solid, including the Redskins. You have the defending Super Bowl Champions in the Giants. A self-proclaimed “dynasty” in the Eagles. As well as “America’s Team” with the Cowboys. This division is the best in the NFL and will have far and away the most intense race to the finish as well...