Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton set the league on fire in his rookie season. The numbers are quite staggering when you consider it was only his first season:
- 4,051 Yards Passing (Rookie Record)
- 35 Total Touchdowns – 21 passing/14 rushing
- 60% Completion Percentage
What could Cam possibly do to top his inaugural season? Evan Silva of RotoWorld.com reviewed some game tape from 2011 and came away astonished at what he witnessed.
Newton has an absolute rocket arm, and it’s his greatest attribute. It’s the trait that instills the fear of god into defenses — not his running ability. Cam isn’t the most accurate thrower in the short to intermediate, but he tosses a powerful, picturesque deep ball. And Newton isn’t the least bit afraid to challenge deep. He’ll rip it long whenever receivers get open. His eyes are constantly downfield.
What is clear: Newton is a dominant, game-breaking talent. Even when his wide receivers failed to create bomb opportunities, Newton’s playmaking ability shined through … Newton is Roethlisberger-like with his ability to break free from two-arm tackles and fire off rocket balls after quickly setting his feet. There isn’t a more exciting young player in football right now.
Silva has also tweeted that the talents possessed by Newton are “Transcendent. Can be NFL’s [Michael] Jordan. That’s extremely high praise for a player who is only entering his second year in the league. Cam Newton has the ability to meet these lofty expectations.