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5 Reasons Why Cam Newton is Next Elite NFL QB

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5 Reasons Why Cam Newton is the Next Elite NFL QB

Cam Newton
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Cam Newton started his career with the Carolina Panthers as one of the most promising young quarterbacks in the NFL. People around the sports world once believed that the Panthers had found their quarterback of the future; that was until Newton's second season had begun. Newton and the Panthers had taken an obvious step back both as player and team.

Newton stumbled through the 2012 NFL season while a younger bunch of quarterbacks hogged a spotlight that belonged solely to Newton just the year before. It was tough for Cam to sit back hear how good these young guys were when he knew he was just as good as them or maybe even better.

It's now 2013. Newton and the Panthers have new-found hope as an organization. The team sits at 7-3 after beating the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football; a win that proves that this team is ready to be included in the conversation of elite teams in the NFL. The Panthers posses a dominant defense behind the leadership of head coach Ron Rivera; a defense that ranks top three in the league.

Everyone knows that the Panthers could possibly be on their way to big things this season. There's still been talk on whether or not Cam Newton has propelled himself into being included as an elite quarterback in the NFL. I for one believe that Newton will soon deserve to be named among the elite quarterbacks in the NFL and I'll also give you five reasons why.

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5. Steve Smith

Steve Smith
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When you have a guy like Steve Smith on your roster, his hard work and passion will spread like a deadly virus. This Panthers team is led by Newton, but they are made in Smith's image. The fiery receiver carries himself with a sense of pride that a young quarterback like Newton feeds off of. It's easier to feel comfortable when you know you have the respect and confidence of one of the best players in team history. It also doesn't hurt to have Smith as an to option to throw the ball to every game. Without Steve Smith, there's no Cam Newton.

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4. Confidence

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Newton has always showed that he's a very confident player, but it's hard to be extremely confident when you're being blamed for everything that goes wrong on a bad team. This year Newton is anchoring a resurgent Panthers team and he has to be more confident than he's ever been in his professional career.

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3. Running Ability

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Cam Newton's legs are more valuable to his team than some quarterback's arms are. It's hard to stop a guy who's 6-foot-5 and nearly 250 pounds, especially when that guy can outrun almost anyone on your defense. Newton is a matchup nightmare on the ground and through the air. For example: Newton picked up a huge first down with his legs as time ran short in the fourth quarter in Monday's game. He could easily become the most dangerous quarterback in the league if he can continue to improve his passing accuracy.

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2. Statistics

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There's no better way to prove your worth than with solid statistics. Cam Newton had a rough start to the season, but he's been lights out in the past six weeks. Newton has amassed over 1,200 yards, throwing 10 touchdowns and only three interceptions over the Panthers' streak. He's also added three more touchdowns on the ground and has completed 69 percent of his passes. Things are looking good in Carolina and it may be safe to say that Cam Newton has transformed himself into an elite NFL quarterback.

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1. Winning

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Newton and the Panthers are currently on a six-game winning streak. Their most recent victory came against the New England Patriots. When you can beat Tom Brady head on that's when you know you've taken your next step. Newton has anchored this team in each of those victories and he deserves most of the credit.