There are many different characteristics that make quarterbacks so great, including athleticism. This trait entails that quarterbacks can play their position with expertise as well as posing a rushing and/or blocking threat to the defense. Cam Newton is one of these players. He has been able to take the game in his own hands on numerous occasions. He is a 6’5″, 245 pound beast on the field.
Cam Newton’s passing completion rate in last season was the greatest that it has ever been, 67.9%, and going 320-471 for 3,395 yards (Football Reference). The only downside to his game was that he did not throw a ton of touchdown passes to dilute his interceptions — throwing 24 touchdowns for 13 interceptions.
The most impressive part of his game by far would be his mastery in quarterback rushing. Last season, he was 101 carries for 488 yards and 4 touchdowns!
When people think of the crazy athleticism of Newton, or the offensive dominance of the Panthers, the 2015 season might come to mind.
I believe that the 2015 Carolina Panthers were just about one of the greatest regular-season offenses ever. Cam Newton lead his team by going 296-495 for 3837 yards passing and threw 35 touchdowns. In addition, the then-fifth year quarterback ran with the ball 132 times and had 636 yards and 10 touchdowns from that season. The Panthers finished the regular season with a 15-1 record and Cam Newton was named the NFL MVP. Then, unfortunately for Carolina, they met their match with the 2015-16 Denver Broncos defense.
Sadly, Cam Newton was injured in Week 2 of the NFL regular season and was declared out for 4-8 weeks with a Lisfranc ligament injury.
Hopefully this time off will help give Newton a breather because he has never missed more than two games in a season in his career. This might help him bring his body back to a similar stage that it was in during the 2015 season…
Crolly, Brittain, “Airmen watch Carolina Panthers from ‘Row of Honor'”, Air Combat Command. https://www.acc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/661572/airmen-watch-carolina-panthers-from-row-of-honor/