Cam Newton was again named one of the Top 100 players in the NFL on Monday night. He came in at No. 25 overall, which was a huge step up compared to last years performance where he ranked 44th. But what’s even more monumental is the fact this marks the seventh consecutive season Newton has been named in the Top 100 players list. This streak dates all the way back to when he first entered the league from Auburn University as the Carolina Panthers selected him as the 1st overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
The list only further proves the consistency Newton has maintained over the course of his NFL career. Playing at such a high level is something the Panthers organization needs out of Newton day-in and day-out. He alone is one of the biggest, if not the biggest reason the Panthers continually see themselves in the postseason or in the postseason hunt. Without his heroics as a passer and as a runner, there’s no doubt in my mind this team would be sitting at the bottom of the NFC South division along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
That all being said, the most important part of this news is the fact Newton was able to improve. Let’s not forget, in 2015, Newton ranked No. 1 overall on the Top 100 list. That ranking came after he won the MVP award and took the Panthers to their first Super Bowl appearance since 2004. Yet, his willingness to keep getting better shows how Newton is heading in the right direction in terms of getting his team back to the Super Bowl. Especially given the offseason additions of Torrey Smith, D.J. Moore, and Jarius Wright. Add these new pieces with the fact Greg Olsen and Curtis Samuel are finally healthy, and you got yourself plenty of weapons for Newton to play with come 2018.
Going into the 2018 NFL season Panthers fans should expect to see Cam return to MVP form. Last year, Newton had a down year finishing the season with 3,302 passing yards while throwing for 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He also added a career high in rushing yards with 754 while running for 6 touchdowns. Remind you, those numbers aren’t all that great due to who he was throwing to. There were multiple injuries that kept players like Greg Olsen, Curtis Samuel, Devin Funchess, among others out for numerous stretches within the season. So, due to those players injuries the Panthers saw Newton having to carry the ball more than usual, leading to his career high in rushing yards.But now that’s all in the past as everyone is healthy. Nonetheless, look for Cam to see his numbers rise similarly to 2015 where he threw for 3,837 passing yards with 35 touchdowns compared to only 10 interceptions. That year, he also added 10 touchdowns on the ground while rushing for 636 yards.
If Newton can continue to progress, don’t be surprised if you see the Carolina Panthers fighting yet again for their first Lombardi Trophy.