NFL Carolina Panthers

How Cam Newton can Improve on his Electric Rookie Season

Cam Newton threw for 4,051 passing yards and 21 passing touchdowns in his first season in the NFL; he also rushed for 706 yards and amassed 14 rushing touchdowns. The passing yards and rushing touchdowns are both NFL rookie QB records.

Newton made the Pro Bowl last year, but can he improve on last year’s numbers? I think he can slightly improve his pass timing so his receivers so they can catch the ball in stride and amass extra yards. He can also improve on his interception numbers, but(to be fair) many of those interceptions were amassed when the Carolina Panthers were playing from behind as they were for many of their games last year. Newton would then be forced to try to throw them back into the game. The defense should be improved, although probably not elite compared to last year; this might make the game come a bit easier to Newton if he isn’t playing from behind almost every game.

Warren Sapp wants Newton to nit pick his game this off-season and avoid a sophmore slump by calling up Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and the other elite QBs for advice.

Body language would be one of my criticisms from last year; Newton has addressed that(do we call that nit picking?), when he said earlier this off-season that he was “a bad teammate” at times last year, and after reviewing his game type Newton was reportedly “disgusted”.

This may be just the type of nit picking Warren Sapp is looking for, and if Newton comes to training camp even sharper than last year with a full year behind him and a full schedule of OTAS, then we may witness another historic quarterbacking season from Cam Newton.