Found June 27, 2012 on
60 Max Power O:
According to former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski, Carolina Panthers triggerman Cam Newton is an average quarterback with above-average talent.
Jaworski, affably known as "Jaws," has been ranking all 32 starting quarterbacks on ESPN's Jaws' QB Countdown as football fans eagerly await the NFL season.
Jaworski ranked Newton the 15th best quarterback in the league, citing a lack of experience as the main reason that the second-year pro didn't make his top 10.
// > "From a skillset standpoint, Newton could easily rank higher than 15 on my big board. He's a top-10 talent," Jaworski said. "He needs more snaps. One year is not enough. But I can't wait to see him in a few months."
Jaworski also cited Newton's ability as a pocket passer – not a runner – as why he ranked Newton 'so high' as a rookie.
"No one is a great quarterback in the NFL because of the way they run," Jaworski added. "While Cam Newton is certainly a spectacular athlete, that's not why he's No. 15 on my big board after his rookie season. He played very well from the pocket. I saw it Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals. This was the second series of the game. It was 3rd and 7. Newton recognized the blitz, and he changed the protection to account for it."
Here are rankings 15-30 of Jaws' QB Countdown. Quarterbacks 1-14 have not been revealed yet.
30. Tim Tebow – New York Jets
29. Blaine Gabbert – Jacksonville Jaguars
28. Christian Ponder – Minnesota Vikings
27. Matt Flynn – Seattle Seahwaks
26. Matt Moore – Miami Dolphins
25. Kevin Kolb – Arizona Cardinals
24. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills
23. Mark Sanchez – New York Jets
22. Matt Cassel – Kansas City Chiefs
21. Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders
20. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams
19. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals
18. Matt Hasselbeck – Tennessee Titans
17. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16. Alex Smith – San Francisco 49ers
15. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers
Read more of Jaws' analysis of Cam Newton here.
Be sure to check out other great articles at Sports Media 101.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
According to Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer, quarterback Jimmy Clausen has decided to change his jersey number from No. 2 to No.7. Last season Cam Newton asked Clausen if he’d allow him to have the No.2, but Clausen turned him down.
Now you would think Newton would jump at the opportunity to change his number from No.1 to No.2, since that was his number in college, but...
Cam Newton more than survived the trials, tribulations and growing pains of his rookie season in the NFL. His prolific year was aided by Steve Smith, his stable of versatile running backs and his extreme athletic ability. But Newton knows that to make it to next level and win the respect of his arch-nemesis Alex Smith, he is going to need another weapon on the outside. There...
"Mr. Boogie! Mr. Boogie, over here!"
In a recent interview with ESPN Radio 1100, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton dropped a bomb on his fans – his new nickname is Ace Boogie. Of course this has raised the ire of many bros and dudes in the sports world, because Rule Numero Uno in the Encyclopedia Dudetastica is “Thou shalt not give thineself thine own nickname...
If the toughest task confronting Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera and defensive coordinator Sean McDermott in their second season with the club is where to align linebackers Jon Beason and Luke Kuechly, then the 2012 campaign will be a walk in the park after what the two experienced last year. Two games into the 2011 campaign, the two had lost a pair of starting linebackers for...