Originally written September 21, 2012 on Pro Football Zone:
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According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, during last night’s blow out loss to the New York Giants, Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith got upset with quarterback Cam Newton for sitting on the bench and sulking. “I watched D.A. and Jimmy (Clausen), they don’t play in 20-something games last year. And they get up and they observe and learn and get those mental reps,” Smith said. “I told him, ‘You can get some mental reps or you can sit on that bench and sulk.’” “Cam Newton has a very unique opportunity to be a franchise quarterback to an organization that needs one,” Smith said. “Statistics don’t lie. Athletic quarterbacks, they either excel or they fail. And I told Cam that. “This is an opportunity for him to learn – at that time they were benching him – and observe. They put D.A. in. You can sit there, if this is the worst is going to get you’re in for a long day and this is not what it’s about.” Without Smith in the Panthers’ locker room, Newton could easily fall apart.  He does need to stop feeling sorry for himself and forget the past and move on, but with Smith next to him he should be fine.
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