Found October 20, 2011 on
Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton sounded surprised Wednesday when he was asked about the concern head coach Ron Rivera expressed last week about limiting the number of hits the rookie quarterback takes when he runs the football. "I don't take no hits. That concern wasn't brought to my attention," Newton said. Newton has carried the ball 46 times this season, second-most on the team though many have been unscripted scrambles. His 210 rushing yards equals Jonathan Stewart's total and he trails team leader DeAngelo Williams by 98 yards. Last Sunday, Newton had six carries for 50 yards, making him the team rushing leader against Atlanta. It's part of what makes Newton the dynamic player he is but it comes with the potential cost of a big, possibly damaging hit but Newton downplays the damage being done to him. "When people see me play, I have the ability to run. I don't think I take those crushing hits people would think I take. I think I get down as much as I can before I take that hit," Newton said. "If I do take a hit, I think of it as if I was in the pocket, it's nothing different. If you're in that pocket and you know you're about to take a hit, you're going to take the hit but if you get a completion, that hit was worth it. Playing quarterback you're a vulnerable person on any given play so I won't sit up here and say I'm any different than anyone else in this league. But when I do tuck it and run, I don't think I take the hits that people would assume I do take."

Source: Charlotte Observer
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