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Newton 'frustrated' by throwing performance

Posted on: February 28, 2011 12:04 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Cam Newton was the unquestioned star of the weekend combine action. Even though his on-field performance left many a question to be answered, he drew the biggest media crowds, did well at his press conference and proved what a ridiculous athlete he is.

Naturally, then, people were curious as to what he thought about his throwing session. The answer: "frustrated."

"I underestimated the timing aspect of playing quarterback," Newton said on set with the NFL Network crew. "You had receivers from the SEC, the SWAC, the MAC. I was somewhat frustrated, but at the same time, I was having fun out there."

The weird thing about the combine, as Mike Mayock pointed out, is that quarterbacks aren't being judged on whether or not they complete passes (which is what they're used to doing) but whether or not they can throw a pass to a particular spot (which is what they're not necessarily trained to do).

Therefore, while Newton clearly struggled passing the ball in a manner he's not entirely used to, it's still likely his draft stock won't slip that far.

Even some of the biggest misses won't sink his chances of being a top-five pick, because for all the criticism he'll take for needing development, there's equal praise about his ability to utilize his athletic prowess to overcome any problems.

So it's understandable to frustrated, but he probably shouldn't be too worried.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:29 pm

Newton 'frustrated' by throwing performance

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 5:46 pm

Newton 'frustrated' by throwing performance

How could a college level QB "underestimate the timing aspect of playing QB??? For that matter, how could a high school baller underestimate that??? Maybe a grade schooler - maybe.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 4:55 pm

Newton 'frustrated' by throwing performance

Look at that still shot of Newton... does this guy look like a hurdler who just picked up a football for the first time or a top NFL QB prospect?!? Seriously?!  He will not be as big a bust as JaFraud, but any team that takes this guy is going to get the same crappy pro production that is the inevitable result of taking a guy who isn't a passer (accurate, smart, quick release) and try to elevate his game to the pros.  there are guys who are agile and great runners who are succesful NFL QBs, but all of them have at least a core skill set as passers. Newton doesn't.   We won't know until some dumb GM drafts him and watches him implode on the field over a miserable couple of seasons, but it WILL happen.  Tebow too.  These NFL teams are all stacked (even the "bad" ones) and having a QB whose sole distinction is his athleticism just doesnt cut it in the pros. Make him a TE or slot WR or FB, because he's just not a pro QB.

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2011 10:23 am

Newton 'frustrated' by throwing performance

i agree way OVERRATED!!! his tippy toe throwing mechanics

Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 10:01 am

Newton 'frustrated' by throwing performance

OVER  RATED !! !!!

Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2011 9:57 am

Newton 'frustrated' by throwing performance

glad to see $cam is frustrated. couldnt be better news

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2011 12:45 am

Newton 'frustrated' by throwing performance

 These are the things that can make the combine stupid in some ways.  In situations like this people tend to aim the ball insted of just throwing it.  You have to know how to think about getting the ball to a spot, without thinking how it's gonna get there.  This may sound a bit stupid, but hear me out.  The combine is good for the "raw" athletic ability of a player, but some of the throwing drills take the game elemant out of the picture.  It puts people in non game activities, that can mess you up.  To all us non athletes, it's the difference btween taking a p-ss at home, or being at the game with 25 guys in line behind you.  It doesn't always work the same way does it?

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