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February 24, 2011

Panthers will bring Newton in for visit

INDIANAPOLIS – Ron Rivera answered for about 45 minutes Thursday at the NFL combine. Roughly 40 of those were devoted to quarterback questions.

And the Panthers' first-year coach had several interesting things to say about the position.

Most notably: A “few” of the 8-10 players the Panthers are targeting for their No. 1 pick are quarterbacks.

Rivera spoke glowingly of former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, whom the Panthers plan to bring to Charlotte for a private visit. Other quarterback prospects also will be flown in, although Rivera did not specify which ones.

Rivera compared the 6-6, 250-pound Newton to several first-round quarterbacks who have had success.

You look at the size of these guys. They're all big men. You look at Ben Roethlisberger, a Matt Ryan, a Joe Flacco. Cam's got those types of physical attributes,” Rivera said.

He's a tall, powerful young man. He's got great athletic ability. He might be the better athlete of all of them (current QB prospects). But again, the one thing he does have is he's got a great arm. And he's a winner. You go back to his junior college and his college days, you can't pass that up, either. We've got to explore. There's eight, 9, 10 guys that we're looking at. We're going to explore all avenues with everybody.”

Rivera said the need for a franchise quarterback was part of his discussions with general manager Marty Hurney when Rivera was interviewing for the job.

Since getting hired, Rivera said he has spoken with St. Louis coach Steve Spagnuolo about taking a quarterback with the top pick. The Rams selected Sam Bradford No. 1 overall last year.

Rivera said the Panthers have to improve at the position, whether it's with players currently on the roster, through the draft or through free agency.

He said it's been “tough” to evaluate Jimmy Clausen, who struggled as a rookie, because he's doing so through video study and wasn't on the sideline last season when Clausen went 1-9 as a starter.

Hopefully, we get an opportunity to visit with him and continue to visit with him, (and) when that chance comes, to get a feel for him,” Rivera said. “To understand him and really look at him prior to the decision-making process.”

--Joseph Person

 

Posted by Observer Sports on February 24, 2011 at 12:06 PM | Permalink

Comments

Cam Newton #1. Wha??? He will bring instant buzz to the organization, but that's a big risk. I say the Cats go defense.

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Posted by: lech112 | Feb 24, 2011 12:20:53 PM

i say you need qb to win and he is the best out there including free agents

Posted by: jaybird | Feb 24, 2011 12:27:23 PM

For the love of GOD!!!!!! Please, please, please pass on him. He is NOT a franchise QB!

Posted by: really?????? | Feb 24, 2011 12:27:25 PM


I'm hyperventilating... breathe, breathe...whew whew whew....

Posted by: blackspeak | Feb 24, 2011 12:28:20 PM

Nothing wrong to bring Newton in for a visit. If they were to select Newton, what will they do with Clausen? Bad enough they had the youngest Qb roster with the fewest starts. So why add another young "project" one at that? Would be nice to bring in a veteran to me.

Wouldn't be surprise if Newton doesn't live up to the hype(just like Clausen) then Luck will be the next Qb everyone will want.

Posted by: oh wow | Feb 24, 2011 12:30:30 PM

This is all just a smoke screen to try and drum up demand for Newton. Hopefully a team falls in love with him and has to trade to #1 to get him.

Posted by: jim | Feb 24, 2011 12:43:15 PM

All you armchair GM's kill me. I hope we take Cam. With a hopeful Rookie cap the reward outweighs the risk ten fold. In fact the risk taking a qb as #1 is less than a DT. Stats prove it.

GO CAM. He's a good kid and he will prove it in the one on one interviews. Panthers need someone like him to lead this team. He's a proven winner, leader and can put this team on his back and lead them to many victories

Posted by: greg | Feb 24, 2011 12:47:20 PM

All you armchair GM's kill me. I hope we take Cam. With a hopeful Rookie cap the reward outweighs the risk ten fold. In fact the risk taking a qb as #1 is less than a DT. Stats prove it.

GO CAM. He's a good kid and he will prove it in the one on one interviews. Panthers need someone like him to lead this team. He's a proven winner, leader and can put this team on his back and lead them to many victories

Posted by: greg | Feb 24, 2011 12:47:20 PM

All you armchair GM's kill me. I hope we take Cam. With a hopeful Rookie cap the reward outweighs the risk ten fold. In fact the risk taking a qb as #1 is less than a DT. Stats prove it.

GO CAM. He's a good kid and he will prove it in the one on one interviews. Panthers need someone like him to lead this team. He's a proven winner, leader and can put this team on his back and lead them to many victories

Posted by: greg | Feb 24, 2011 12:47:20 PM

sorry for the triple post. Charlotte Observer's website stinks

Posted by: greg | Feb 24, 2011 12:48:34 PM

we'll know if newtons the pick because they'll sign shaun rogers before the draft

Posted by: joe cool | Feb 24, 2011 12:51:22 PM

Bringing him in for a visit. We have a head coach, position coaches, assistant coaches, and scouts... I am sure they know just about everything on Newton that anyone else posting here knows. They all know what risks there are with any new draftee (and there are always risks).

They will vet each possible draftee and make an informed decision. That is part of their job.

Posted by: SouthernMiss | Feb 24, 2011 12:51:22 PM

we'll know if newtons the pick because they'll sign shaun rogers before the draft

Posted by: joe cool | Feb 24, 2011 12:51:22 PM

@ Joe Cool,
There will be no signing of any player of any kind til a deal is done. So, no, your statement is is invalid.

Posted by: paul | Feb 24, 2011 12:57:29 PM

@ Joe Cool,
There will be no signing of any player of any kind til a deal is done. So, no, your statement is is invalid.

Posted by: paul | Feb 24, 2011 12:57:29 PM

"Yes we CAM"!

Posted by: jg | Feb 24, 2011 12:57:29 PM

Draft Newton. Open ur eyes! Best player in the draft! And just so happens, we need a qb! He has always been a winner and will continue to be in the NFL.

Posted by: Hodges | Feb 24, 2011 12:57:52 PM

I just hope they sign a vet if they go with Newton (e.g. McNabb, Kolb, or even Young). Just in case things don't work out.

No matter what, I will support the Panthers from the bottom to the top...regardless of how long we may be down here.

Posted by: pnthrfan007 | Feb 24, 2011 1:03:37 PM

I just hope they sign a vet if they go with Newton (e.g. McNabb, Kolb, or even Young). Just in case things don't work out.

No matter what, I will support the Panthers from the bottom to the top...regardless of how long we may be down here.

Posted by: pnthrfan007 | Feb 24, 2011 1:03:37 PM

How refreshing to have a HC who actually answers questions openly. What a welcome change. As for newton, he is the only player that other teams will trade up for, so the Panthers would be foolish not to designate him as a likely choice.

Posted by: Steve | Feb 24, 2011 1:06:40 PM

How refreshing to have a HC who actually answers questions openly. What a welcome change. As for newton, he is the only player that other teams will trade up for, so the Panthers would be foolish not to designate him as a likely choice.

Posted by: Steve | Feb 24, 2011 1:06:40 PM

Dear God, please tell me this is a joke. Newton is a development prospect at best, hardly worthy of the #1 pick. Someone tell me how one college season in a spread-style, "one read and you're gone" offense adequately prepares him for the intricacies and multiple reads of an NFL system. Then again, we could very well select him #1 and throw him to the wolves, a la Clausen. Stranger things have happened.

Posted by: JR | Feb 24, 2011 1:07:41 PM

All Cam needs to do is win games...PERIOD

Posted by: e | Feb 24, 2011 1:14:18 PM

I have said it before and I say it again - no one on here knows whether or not he will be any good until he gets on the field and plays consistently. Just like Bowers. Just like Fairley. Until then all the handwringers and all the fans of picking up any of these guys are pissing in the wind.

Make your judgments on the last day of next season after there is objective evidence of any/all of these guys.

Posted by: manu4t | Feb 24, 2011 1:18:56 PM

I think its a crap shoot either way. You have Clausen who supposedly ran a NFL style offense at ND. Had a QB coach since he was knee high to a grasshopper, yet he couldnt manage NFL games once given the chance.(1-9) I am not saying Cam is the answer, but a lot of folks have compared him to failed QB's like Young and Russell. All I am saying is how do you really know, thus my example of Clausen.

Posted by: dsingl01 | Feb 24, 2011 1:24:09 PM

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