As Panthers training camp is set to get under way, our Panthers writer breaks down the roster top-to-bottom, from quarterback Cam Newton to punter Brad Newton. For a look at some of team's top rookies, click here:
The 2013 Panthers season hangs on one mans shoulders: Cam Newton. Newton holds the NFL record for most passing yards in his first two seasons, but still the questions remain. ESPN analyst Chris Mortensen recently ranked Newton 18th among NFL quarterbacks.
Thats why Newtons the wildcard with this team. With the rest of the roster, you have a pretty good idea of what youre going to get. With Newton, you dont. Newtons rookie and sophomore seasons were eerily similar -- he threw for 4,051 yards as a rookie, 3,869 as a sophomore. His completion percentage dipped from 60 percent to 57.7 percent, but his interceptions also dropped from 17 to 12.
Both years Newton got significantly better as the season progressed after turning the ball over early. In 2011, only th...