Tag:Cam Newton
Posted on: April 11, 2011 2:06 pm

More signs pointing to Cam Newton and Carolina

Posted by Andy Benoit

If we’re to read between the lines of PeterC. Newton (US Presswire) King’s most recent Monday Morning Quarterback column, we can surmise that the Panthers are leaning towards drafting Cam Newton. King reports that the team has ordered four game tapes from Newton’s 2009 season at Blinn (Texas) College, the school Newton led to a NJCAA National Championship after leaving Florida.

"They wanted to see a little more tape,'' said Ronny Feldman, the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach of that junior college team. "Of all the teams looking at him here, Carolina's been the big one. They called me twice this week.''

That’s due diligence. Considering Newton was primarily facing 18 and 19 year olds in those games, the Panthers are likely viewing the tapes to track the evolution of his mechanics. Then again, Newton ran the pistol at Blinn, so most of those mechanics may be irrelevant at this point.

King says that most NFL teams discount a player’s junior college experience entirely. But, he adds, “The Blinn year's a mystery, the missing year in Newton's life to a lot of people, including some in the NFL. Feldman said about 10 teams ‘have been through here’ looking for information on Newton, as NFL teams should seek given the quarterback's questionable background (possession of a stolen laptop, accusations of cheating in class) at Florida.”

For what it’s worth, Feldman also raved about Newton’s character and leadership.

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Posted on: April 10, 2011 9:13 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2011 9:16 pm

Hot Routes 4.10.11: Um, I'll pass on Cam Newton

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Seems like everything is OK with Alabama WR Julio Jones’ foot after a re-check in Indianapolis. He still put on one of the most impressive performances at the NFL combine, considering he was performing on a fractured foot.
  • Apparently, Cam Newton is the type of player that teams hope other teams draft. Some squads don’t want Newton falling into their lap. Also within this report, Da’Quan Bowers had a productive meeting with the Bills, and Buffalo’s doctors cleared him.
  • Sounds like, just like many other teams, the Cowboys players are going to hold unsupervised offseason workouts assuming the lockout continues. However, there’s some sort of pact between the players that they’re not going to publicize the workouts. Oooh, mysterious!
  • A judge in Ohio has set former Ohio State QB Art Schlichter’s bond at $1 million.

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Posted on: April 5, 2011 6:38 pm

Looking more and more like CAR has eyes for Cam

Newton Posted by Mike Freeman

It continues to look increasingly like the Carolina Panthers are going to select Cam Newton with the first overall pick in April's draft. But there is a caveat.

Owner Jerry Richardson still isn't completely sold on Newton, a source with knowledge of the Panthers' draft plans told CBSSports.com. Still, Richardson will likely defer to his personnel staff, and many of them have met with Newton, and like him.

The lockout is damaging the entire league but when it comes to rookies it's Newton who could be hurt more than others. Some teams are concerned if the labor impasse continues into the summer or longer, quarterbacks, like Newton, who will need extensive coaching might suffer more than other rookies.

Another player the Panthers continue to be enamored with is former Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green. I find this impossible to believe but people I trust insist the Panthers could trade down and take Green.

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Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:18 am
Edited on: April 5, 2011 10:33 am

Colts eyeing Manning successor or just a backup?

Posted by Will Brinson

Curtis Painter isn't the most popular fella in Indianapolis. Sure, if he's in a game it's usually because the Colts are blowing out an opposing team, but occasionally, it's because they're giving up on the dream of a perfect season. Or, worst case, Peyton Manning's hurt.

And it appears that in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Colts will be seeking to find some backup competition for Painter. Or, possibly, a successor for Manning?

Andy Dalton could be that guy, as Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star notes, and that would explain why Chris Polian and Jim Caldwell put him through a private workout on Monday.

Or maybe not -- the Colts might simply want to use a early-to-mid-round pick on a quarterback that can be more effective than Painter. After all, Manning isn't exactly young (35), even if he doesn't ever miss football games.

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It is interesting, though, that the Colts would consider using an early pick on a backup quarterback in a season where teams are pretty desperate for signal callers; if they're simply looking to find a backup quarterback, there are cheaper options that might work more logically from the perspective of this draft class and team needs.

So it's possible that Dalton, a four-year starter at TCU who went 42-7 in college, is someone they've targeted as the poor guy who'll start for Indy right after Manning quarterback of the franchise's future.

And because many teams will be taking quarterbacks early -- Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Ryan Mallett and Christian Ponder all figure to get drafted before Dalton -- there's a reasonable shot that Indianapolis can get him on the cheap.

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Posted on: April 3, 2011 1:13 pm

Hot Routes 4.3.11: Freeney settles lawsuit

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Colts DE Dwight Freeney was recently hit by a $400,000 lawsuit by a landlord because he allegedly was behind 11 months on his rent for a Hollywood recording studio. But not to worry. A six-figure settlement has made everybody happy. Wait a minute, Freeney rents out a Hollywood recording studio?!?!
  • The wife of former Falcons lineman Shane Dronett, who committed suicide in 2009, reveals some startling information in an interview with CNN, including accounts of his paranoia and rage after he retired from the league in 2006. Not surprisingly, Dronett’s brain revealed he was suffering from CTE.
  • Jay Gruden is excited about the new challenge of being the Bengals offensive coordinator. But, the Tampa Tribune asks, is he a savior?
  • Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer says Panthers fans can forget about seeing Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert in a Carolina uniform next year (unless the Panthers trade down in the draft). But if Carolina stays with the No. 1 choice, fans might see Auburn QB Cam Newton, Georgia WR A.J. Green or LSU CB Patrick Peterson.
  • You remember those two massage therapists who sued the Jets for apparently blacklisting them after objecting to Brett Favre text messages? Well, the Jets say the therapists are overplaying their ties to the club, considering they worked a total of five days during a two-year period.

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Posted on: April 2, 2011 3:37 pm

Bill GM Nix: Gabbert 'similar athlete' to Newton

Posted by Will Brinson

The Buffalo Bills, because of Chan Gailey's innovative offensive mind, are widely considered a potential landing spot for former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.

But Blaine Gabbert could land there as well -- depending on what the Panthers and Broncos do, of course; worth noting is that our own Clark Judge has him there ahead of Newton. And, if you need proof, how about the strong praise the former Mizzou signal caller drew from Bills' GM Buddy Nix for his athleticism recently?

"People don't realize, they talk about what a good athlete Cam is, which he is, but [Gabbert] is a very similar athlete." Nix said to WEDG Radio, per Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News.

Well, now, that's nice and everything, but -- and no offense to Gabbert -- that might be a stretch, Buddy.

"He's 6-4, and he's 234 pounds and he ran 4.61 (40-yard dash)," Nix told WEDG Radio. "He can jump. He's 10 feet, 3 inches long jump. Athletically he's really a big, fast athlete. He's a smart guy. He's a little like Cam in that he hasn't played a lot. — He played three games his senior year in high school. He didn't play any as a freshman except in a mop-up role and then started two years."

Look, Gabbert's a good athlete. No question about it. But no amount of height or weight or speed is going to make him a "similar" athlete to Newton. That's because Newton is the freaky-deakiest of the freaks when it comes to raw athletes that we've seen in sports, in a pretty long time. If he was more polished as a quarterback and/or there weren't some concerns about his off-field behavior/personal life, there wouldn't be a discussion about who was getting drafted at No. 1 overall.

It would be a slam dunk for Newton and no one would think twice. But there are questions and that's how Gabbert's getting involved in the discussion. So, yeah, it's great for him, but let's not carried away when we start discussing the phrase "athleticism."

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Posted on: April 1, 2011 5:50 pm

Warren Moon elaborates on Newton comments

Posted by Andy Benoit

The comments Warren Moon mW. Moon (US Presswire)ade about Cam Newton to CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman have caused quite a stir. Not surprisingly, Moon has been pressed for follow-ups.

On Friday, the Hall of Fame quarterback appeared on KTAR in Phoenix. He was asked to elaborate on his thoughts of criticism towards Newton.

“I just think it has racial overtones,” Moon said, via Pro Football Talk. “I’m not going to say it’s totally racial. I just think they just keep piling on. I don’t understand why they keep piling on. Because this is a guy that’s a very special talent that has done some very special things and they just keep trying to cut up every part of his game. There’s no way a guy could be as successful as he’s been whatever level that he’s been on and have all these different flaws that they’re talking about right now.

He went on.

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“It really baffles my mind to come out with all these different things that they’re talking about. How come they’re not talking to his offensive coordinator or they’re not talking to his head coach or they’re not talking to players on his football team? They’re talking to general managers who probably had 15 minutes with him inside of a room at the combine but they’re not talking to the people that were with him every day of his career at the University of Auburn to get their sense of what type of person that he is. And those are the people that I’ve talked to about Cam Newton. I’m not only going off of what I know of Cam as far as the time that I’ve been around him, I’m going off of what I’ve talked and asked questions about myself.”

Moon acknowledged that Newton made a poor choice in saying he wanted to be an icon. (Newton has since made it clear that his focus is first and foremost on football.) He also said he believes Newton is the best quarterback in the 2011 Draft.

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Posted on: March 30, 2011 10:00 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 10:01 pm

Scout who bashed Newton defends self

Newton Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Pro Football Weekly’s
Nolan Nawrocki generated a little controversy Tuesday when he wrote a scathing scouting report on Auburn QB Cam Newton.

Wrote Nawrocki: “Very disingenuous — has a fake smile, comes off as very scripted and has a selfish, me-first makeup.  Always knows where the cameras are and plays to them.  Has an enormous ego with a sense of entitlement that continually invites trouble and makes him believe he is above the law — does not command respect from teammates and will always struggle to win a locker room . . . Lacks accountability, focus and trustworthiness — is not punctual, seeks shortcuts and sets a bad example.  Immature and has had issues with authority.  Not dependable.”

Today, Nawrocki tried to set the record straight during a conference call. Via the transcript from PFW.com, he was asked why he was so tough on Newton’s character and how much of a concern that could be to potential employers.

Said Nawrocki: “I think it was over-sensationalized in a slow news period. I don't think the evaluation was any different than any that we've been producing the last 33 years. If you look back last year at Jimmy Clausen, a lot of the same traits were mentioned. I thought he was an egotistical, disingenuous, scripted player with a sense of entitlement. I think that was a big reason why he slipped into the second round. You look back at history and I think you'll find a lot of similar evaluations of players. JaMarcus Russell is another one.

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“When you do the work – we study this stuff year-round, talk to all 32 teams, general managers, head coaches, area scouts, personnel directors, college coaches – anybody that has insight into these players. We're trying to figure out just what kind of kid they are, what kind of commitment are they going to have to the NFL game. With the way money has gone in recent years with how much these players are getting paid in the top 10, you know they're instant millionaires before they ever step on the field in the NFL. I think the importance of character has never been greater than it is now. And I think that's where a lot of teams miss on first-round picks. It's just not being able to properly identify the character.

“With all the work that we've done on (Newton's) background, with the extensive amount of research and time that went into digging and figuring out what kind of kid he is, I feel very strongly about what was written and I stand by it fully. I think it's no different than anything we've done in previous years.

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