Cam Newton, with a seemingly effortless flick of his wrist, elicits the powerful charge of the Panthers. Newton inspires his team and drives the crowds mad with his skills, and that equally exciting Cam Newton charisma. Hands down, Cam is rocking this season.
It was certainly magical when Cam sent the ball sailing across the field to the awaiting hands of Rookie Devin Fuchess last night. It was an absolutely spectacular play by Cam Newton and Devin, caught on video by SB Nation, despite an attempted sack that Newton easily sidestepped. Cam left defensive Buccaneer William Gholston, face down on the field grasping in vain for Cam’s ankle. Newton sprinted safely away. Cam gained firm footing on the 20 yard line and let her sail. Cam’s throw then made it to about the 50, where Fuchess easily took the ball and ran with it.
Devin’s sure fingers, along with the spectacular plays and touchdowns of Cameron Artis-Payne, and other panthers, prove once again that Cam Newton isn’t the only great player on the Carolina Panther’s Roster. There is a lot of talent in Carolina’s other Cam.
Back in May, NFL Analyst, Brent Sorbieski referred to Cam Newton as a “one-man show.” He blasted the Panthers and Newton in his Bleacher Report article titled, “Carolina Panthers Can’t Maintain Success with Cam Newton Playing Hero Ball.”
“Cam Newton is a one-man show in Carolina as the Panthers’ starting quarterback. His ability to carry an offense is unlike that of any other NFL quarterback. But it is unrealistic to expect him to be the entire show for the entire season. For Carolina to continue its early-season success and place itself into the eventual playoff conversation, more players around Newton desperately need to step up and play at a higher level. Even Superman can rely on the Justice League if the world becomes endangered.Unfortunately, the Panthers offense is built around Newton’s abilities as a dual-threat quarterback.”
As detailed on ESPN, Greg Olsen, the Panthers tight end, said he had overheard the Buccaneers talking about Cam Newton as if he were literally a one man team of Newton.
“They don’t have anybody other than Cam,” quipped a confident Buccaneer before the game.
Though many sports announcers have echoed these sentiments about Newton, there is strong evidence that Cam has great backup in the Panthers. The Panthers are a great show with many star athletes, even though Cam Newton often earns top billing. If the rest of the team was not excellent, the Panthers would not have 15 wins this season. Newton relies on the talents of his team. Not even Cam could do it alone.
Other proof that Panthers Football isn’t just about Cam Newton, comes from the extreme success of Panther’s defense. In last night’s game, Thomas Davis managed two interceptions, even though Newton was on the bench. Defense held off the Buccaneers, preventing them from making a single touch down until fourth quarter, despite the fact Newton doesn’t play defense. With only one field goal made early in the game, the Buccaneers were obviously eager to score, but the Panthers kept them blocked.
Nobody was getting into their end zone, even without Cam Newton on the field. While the Buccaneers got off a field goal in the first quarter and another touchdown in the last, for a final score of 10 to 38, they were frustrated in their efforts to fight back the fierce Panthers defense. The offensive team led by Cam was just as devastating. Newton and his offensive team certainly packs a punch.
Though Cam is no doubt one of the greatest players, with unequaled stats, he still needs his team, and it is certain he can count on them all. Many sportscasters have called Cam Newton a “Superman,” but as that may be, Cam still has a capable team behind him. Newton’s accomplishments include tying Steve Young’s longstanding record with 43 rushing Touchdowns.
Even more amazing than Cam Newton’s prowess in Football is his ability to lead a spectacular team to victory. One sees intense loyalty among the Carolina team and its fans. There is no rivalry between the team’s members, and they all look upon Cam with respect and affection.
ESPN further reports that Cam Newton is looking forward to a stretch of home games, thanks to their win last night. Newton reports that having the home field is a great advantage.
“We find our edge playing in front of the home crowd,” said Cam Newton. “Everything here feels just right. We don’t have travel to a hostile environment. This is our house — and it’s hostile,” Newton bragged playfully.
Seeing Newton smiling last night, it is hard to imagine anything hostile about Cam, but the other teams might not find Cam Newton so charming. For all the would be Super Bowl contenders, Cam Newton is certainly a threat to their chances. One thing is for sure, though: Cam Newton is in it to win it.
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