How Cam Newton Can Reclaim Rookie Year Magic for 2013

July 20, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Generally speaking, Year 3 is when young quarterbacks like Cam Newton break out of their shells and prove why they’re going to be among the best for years to come.
Greatness may not be achieved when the season’s over but a leap is usually made. Newton, the Carolina Panthers quarterback, is a good candidate for making that next leap as he enters his third season in the NFL.
Newton had a bit of a sophomore slump in 2012 after a breakout rookie campaign. Newton’s numbers decreased in just about every major category, including passing yards (4,051 to 3,869), passing touchdowns (21 to 19), rushing yards and completion percentage (60 to 57.7).
For all of Newton’s shortcomings in 2012, there were still some positives that indicate his progress and growth. At times as a rookie, Newton was a nitwit, pouting after games and sulking to reporters. When the Panthers lose it seems no one takes it harder than Newton, who on occasion has looked like he just witne...

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