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February 27, 2011

Newton shaky in throwing drills

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(From the event now known as the Cambine, an update on Auburn quarterback Cam Newton from this afternoon's passing drills.)

After Newton's private workout in California a couple of weeks ago, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said anyone could throw in shorts. It wasn't that simple for Newton today at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Newton struggled with his accuracy, going 1-for-6 on out routes. He was missing high, which George Whitfield, his QB tutor, pointed out is where you want to miss on that route.

An underthrow or a pass thrown behind a receiver running an out could result in a pick-six (Panther fans saw a few of those last season).

Newton showed off his cannon arm. Though he was 0-for-3 on go routes, he certainly did not miss short.

He demonstrated nice touch by completing 2 of his 3 passes on corner routes.

All in all, an uneven performance, but not one that's going to hurt his draft status. Everyone knew coming in Newton needed polish with his pass sets and technique.

His interviews are still his most important test here. And reporters don't get to sit in on those.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on February 27, 2011 at 02:26 PM | Permalink

Comments

Sounds like a 2-3 project at best that isn't worth #1 overall in drafting.Hope he can rebound and have a good pro day, to bad none of these Qb's are day 1 starters.

Posted by: oh wow | Feb 27, 2011 2:54:51 PM

I don't think we are going to find a QB starter in this draft class. Time to look at the available vets.

Posted by: John | Feb 27, 2011 2:57:38 PM

Mallet looked great!

Posted by: David | Feb 27, 2011 4:35:35 PM

Cam Newton will be drafted in the 2nd round by the Buffalo Bills. Mark my words. He won't be able to help a team seeking a QB for a couple of years.

Posted by: Dug E Fresh | Feb 27, 2011 5:08:04 PM

I wonder why no one gives Clausen a “2 – 3 year project” chance, when everyone is saying that about the potential new kids who have never even worn an NFL helmet!! And give me a damn break on comparisons. EVERY single case is different.

Posted by: Fred | Feb 27, 2011 5:27:21 PM

Clausen is a loser, and no need to waste time on him. He is Canadian Football League bound as a backup.

Posted by: trulytimely | Feb 27, 2011 5:39:26 PM

"I wonder why no one gives Clausen a “2 – 3 year project” chance, when everyone is saying that about the potential new kids who have never even worn an NFL helmet!!"

Thats a good question, maybe you should ask the so called experts who supposingly know more about the game than an average fan? ND Qb's are overhype until they show that they aren't ready to play in 2-3yrs as you said.

Sam B did solid considering he had no weapons not name Steven Jackson. Finally that the offense was predictable with a bunch of short passes. With having Josh McDaniels as offensive coordinator along better weapons( receiver), I see him get even more better.

Posted by: oh wow | Feb 27, 2011 7:51:07 PM

Where are all of those Cam supporters now? As I have said all along, hopefully we can trade down. If we can't then we have to take best available whether that be QB, Cam or other, or another position, I do not know but please don't fall for the hype and just blindly love Cam.

Posted by: crbell | Feb 27, 2011 9:56:16 PM

Cam Newton supporters feel confidence that the Panthers are seriously evaluating the pro potential of Newton. We're just letting the Cam haters (for no credible reason)tire themselves out with their ranting. We're stockpiling pacifiers which will be placed outside BofA Stadium for those blow-hards after Cam is selected by the Panthers at #1.

Posted by: Brown | Feb 27, 2011 10:16:36 PM

Scouts have been afraid of his drop-back capabilities...and for good reason. I saw him in this drill on NFL network coverage and he was WAY high on most of his passes. Maybe just a bad day, but he definitely didn't helf his status. And BTW, we don't need to mention Ryan Mallett here any more. With some drug use suspicions popping up, the Panthers will not give him a thought...and I don't blame them. I've seen interviews with him during the past season and didn't get good vibes about his character.

Posted by: Incamprehensible | Feb 27, 2011 10:42:36 PM

We're just letting the Cam haters (for no credible reason)tire themselves out with their ranting. We're stockpiling pacifiers which will be placed outside BofA Stadium for those blow-hards after Cam is selected by the Panthers at #1.

1. I have to wonder who are your ppl stockpiling pacifiers outside the Bofa stadium?

2. What happends if he isn't drafted by the Panthers?

3. What happends if he doesn't live up to the hype? Will you among others throw him under the bus and jump on the Luck bandwagon or stick by him hoping he progress.

No one so far are hating on Newton, guess no one can't express their opinions? Nobody isn't doubting his talent, but he damn sure is a "project" needing time to develop. In which why they shouldn't spend the 1st overall pick on him( who isn't a day 1 starter) instead of getting a true impact player who can play rightaway.

Posted by: oh wow | Feb 27, 2011 11:01:56 PM

We're just letting the Cam haters (for no credible reason)tire themselves out with their ranting. We're stockpiling pacifiers which will be placed outside BofA Stadium for those blow-hards after Cam is selected by the Panthers at #1.

1. I have to wonder who are your ppl stockpiling pacifiers outside the Bofa stadium?

2. What happends if he isn't drafted by the Panthers?

3. What happends if he doesn't live up to the hype? Will you among others throw him under the bus and jump on the Luck bandwagon or stick by him hoping he progress.

No one so far are hating on Newton, guess no one can't express their opinions? Nobody isn't doubting his talent, but he damn sure is a "project" needing time to develop. In which why they shouldn't spend the 1st overall pick on him( who isn't a day 1 starter) instead of getting a true impact player who can play rightaway.

Posted by: oh wow | Feb 27, 2011 11:01:57 PM

What's up with the double post "oh wow"? Anyway nice comment, but if they think he is a franchise Qb who can start day 1 then select him. If not, I would take a player who can make a impact rightaway. None of us even know if they can or can't develop a Qb. If they don't go Qb, then I would like to see how good they can develop Pike or Clausen.

As everyone should already know Fox that was horrible when it came to developing Qb's. Can't forget the fact the meddling with your coordinators sure didn't help with the conservative and elementary school play calling. Manning, Drew B or any elite Qb would look horrible with Fox as coach.

Posted by: jerome carter | Feb 27, 2011 11:47:43 PM

Dont draft a QB this year! If Clausen bombs as many expect, we get a shot at Andrew Luck next year, if he (or Pike or whomever we sign) does well, than it wont matter as much. Who knows, maybe they take a chance on the kid from Missouri and he suprises everyone?!

Posted by: rick | Feb 27, 2011 11:50:56 PM

If you think the Panthers should trade down, then you WANT everyone to fall in love with Cam Newton. That way, someone will be willing to give us a payer+their 1st round + other picks just to make sure they can get him at #1. So if Rivera and company start to hype Cam Newton, that's probably whats going on. I would love it if Jerry Jones decided he HAS to get Newton.

Posted by: scottinca | Feb 28, 2011 3:02:17 AM

1. Last in the league in QB ratings.
2. Bottom of the league in points scored.
3. Bottom of the league in touchdowns.
4. Bottom of the league in 3rd down conversion.
5. Bottom of the league in total offense.

With all these offensive problems this team had last year, it's a no brainer to draft Newton.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Feb 28, 2011 5:40:01 AM

We should swap picks with the Eagles in a trade for Kolb. Andy Reid really likes the kid and Reid is a good judge of QB talent.

Posted by: jimcat | Feb 28, 2011 7:33:44 AM

We should swap picks with the Eagles in a trade for Kolb. Andy Reid really likes the kid and Reid is a good judge of QB talent.

Posted by: jimcat | Feb 28, 2011 7:33:44 AM

No one even looks at whether these QBs complete passes at the combine because they are throwing to guys they have never thrown to before. They look at your footwork, release & whether or not the ball ends up where it needs to be. Newton did a good job in all of those areas. Newton is a serious athlete & he should still be a consideration for the Panthers at #1.

Posted by: Eric | Feb 28, 2011 7:40:52 AM

Thanks Eric. You seem to have more insight on what the Combine is about, then the guy who wrote this article. Judging QBs based on completions during a drill is absurd. The athletic talent is there. The Panthers just need to figure out whether he will take his job seriously or let the pressure and fame get to him. So the most important drill for Newton will be the interview.

Posted by: Jermel | Feb 28, 2011 7:49:30 AM

If you can't hit a reciever in a non-contact drill, it doesn't get easier when it's for real. The out pattern is a tough throw, but a necessary one if we are going to start using TE's in our game plan.

Either way it does demonstrate why most QB's don't throw in the combine. It sounds like it has hurt Cam's overall profile now.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Feb 28, 2011 9:28:55 AM

I watched his whole workout. I thought he was pretty impressive. He will look a lot more accurate at his pro day when he is throwing to guys he has been working with. If Newton can convince the Panthers he isn't going to end up becoming an off field nightmare I think they should draft him #1. He has the arm to run the new system. I am not so sure Clausen will fit in well with the new system.

Posted by: Smiley | Feb 28, 2011 9:32:59 AM

1. No one on here knows for sure whether or not Newton, Fairley, Green, etc. will be great NFL players - every pick is a gamble.
2. We have so many areas of need that anyone at #1 will probably improve the team and end up a starter by the end of the year as long as we draft for need and not follow the inane Hurney strategy of taking the best talent on the board at the draft position
3. Those who are hating on Clausen, remember, no one, including Steve Smith, really did anything to help the guy this year. I dont make any judgments on his talent or lack thereof, and no one on here should either. Any QB playing under John Fox will not reach his full potential - ask Tebow in 2 yrs about that one.

Posted by: manu4t | Feb 28, 2011 10:16:24 AM

I agree with you on everthing except #2. The best way to draft successfully in the 1st round is to take the best player available. That is a big reason why the Panthers have drafted really well in the first round under Hurney. Then you try to fill needs in the later rounds. This year there are a lot of players who are pretty even so we can draft more for need.

Posted by: Smiley | Feb 28, 2011 11:00:37 AM

i say this, a guy like newton is 10x better than clausen will ever be, 4and 1, give it to newton, hell 3and 1, bootleg to newton.g give me this matchup, newton, stewart, willaims in the backfield, smith, rosario and gettis or armanti edwards as wr, i like my chances better with this strating squad..jimmy clausen is a dud..get rid of him and seems like the coach don't like him anyway, so good riddance..let's go newton..i am jumping on the bandwagon, name me one time when the panthers had a chance to draft a freakish athlete like this at the qb position??

Posted by: callingitlikeiseeit | Feb 28, 2011 11:33:42 AM

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