He is the prototype of a video game quarterback come to life.
That's how Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams views being in the same backfield as Cam Newton.
"It's the equivalent of playing Madden," Williams recently said at Panthers training camp. "It was like having a running quarterback when (Michael) Vick was with Atlanta. Everybody would just go five wide (receivers) and run it with the quarterback.
"That's just how potent he is, especially with the new (Madden 13) that came out. It's the same way."
The jaw-dropping skills Newton displayed during his record-setting rookie season are reflected in his lofty Madden 13 player rating. He almost landed on the game's cover photo, finishing as runner-up to Detroit wide receiver Calvin "Megatron" Johnson in fan voting.
Some Panthers fans took this as good news considering previous honorees were "jinxed" the next season with injuries or subpar performances. Newton, though, has more legitimate concerns ahead entering the...