Cam Newton Incorrectly Ranked at No. 46 on NFL’s Top 100 Players
You can’t put a whole lot of stock into player rankings, especially the NFL Network’s Top 100 players countdown. Let’s be honest, the players don’t always get it right, and that’s most certainly the case when it comes to Cam Newton. The Carolina Panthers‘ quarterback came in at No. 46 on this year’s countdown, which just doesn’t do him justice.
Yes, the Panthers did have somewhat of a down year, and Newton didn’t quite equal some of his numbers from his rookie campaign, but there’s no way 45 players are better than him. He fell six spots from 2012 for experiencing minor drops in some of the major statistical categories, but in two very key areas, he improved. Newton threw five less interceptions, and actually won one more game. The perception is that Carolina and its QB regressed, but how can that be if the team won an additional game?
I think the Panthers’ poor start and the slight decrease in production from Newton’s rookie season ultimately led to his drop down the list. It probably doesn’t help that Newton’s perception around the league isn’t the greatest, either. I’m sure fellow players feel the same way as some fans, in that the young QB just comes across as very immature at times. Maybe it’s just his mannerisms and the way he carries himself, but he’s just not that likable of a player.
But being liked isn’t what this countdown is all about, it’s about the best players in the NFL. I’m not saying Newton should be in the top 10, but I feel like a ranking in the top 30 would be much more appropriate.
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