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March 07, 2011

Rivera hitting road to see Newton

    We'll get back to updates on the labor situation as soon as there's tangible proof any fan is interested.

    But while the big business of football is happening in Washington this week, the football is happening on campuses across America. This is a big week for pro day workouts, beginning with tomorrow's at Auburn.

    Panthers coach Ron Rivera is expected to be there to eyeball QB Cam Newton -- and ostensibly DT Nick Fairley, though he's not thought to be in the mix for the top pick.

    Rivera raised more than a few eyebrows with his effusive praise of Newton at the combine, comparing his size and strength to successful QBs such as Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco.

    Tuesday, he'll get a first-hand look at Newton again, as the Panthers consider what to do with the first choice in the draft.

    The allure is reasonable. Rivera went on and on about the need for a "franchise quarterback," during his talk in Indy, a clear change from what you've heard from his office in the past.

    While it's unclear if Newton can develop into one, he's clearly the one in this draft with the most tools. He's big and strong, can run fast and throw a football over the mountain. He's also led his last two teams to national titles, something you can't overlook.

    Can he convince Rivera to trust him? We'll see.

-- Darin Gantt

Posted by Observer Sports on March 7, 2011 at 09:18 AM | Permalink


That's it, Ron! Blow that smoke!

Posted by: BullCityDog | Mar 7, 2011 9:59:14 AM

Like the article but why would Rivera liking Cam raise eye-brows? It's not like the snobs in the sports world are the "end all to be all." Although the way you spin things it does appear as if that is what you want the world to believe.

Anyway, as much scorn and unneccessary hate that has been projected at this kid, I do admire his tenacity. Is that "intangible" needed anymore in the NFL?

Also, Cam's sin is three years old. Trying to use is as guilt in regards to what his father did is small-minded and trifling.

Posted by: sandra | Mar 7, 2011 10:16:54 AM

This isn't a smoke screen lol. Keep praying it is if you don't want Cam. This is for real.

Posted by: N/A | Mar 7, 2011 10:17:42 AM

Might be a smokescreen, might not. Nobody wants the #1 pick this year, and I don't blame them if they are trying to drum up interest in the pick by suggesting interest in Newton. Just don't spend to much effort on it, b/c I don't think it will work. Buffalo, for example, is not that aggressive in trading away picks, plus have the 32nd ranked defense they can work on... don't think they're going to bite and will be content to grab Dareus or the like. The top several picks are all around equal value, unfortunately for Panthers they will just be paying more for their pick.

Posted by: J.A.K.e | Mar 7, 2011 10:25:44 AM

ok im try this one more time take cam..https://www.metacafe.com/w/es-5998288

Posted by: t rex | Mar 7, 2011 10:34:08 AM

Gabbert from Mizzou is the better QB in the draft hands down. Besides Scam Newton has the Shrek ears going for him so that is the first sign not to make him the top pick BAHAHAHAHAAHAHA

Posted by: Pat Daddy | Mar 7, 2011 10:35:42 AM

"Throw a football over a mountain"? Really? What does this have to do with the price of tea in China? Jamarcus Russell could throw the ball 70 yds from one knee.

Posted by: Apex_Assassin | Mar 7, 2011 10:53:51 AM

the only thing that scares me about Cam Newton is the fact that he comes from a spread offense. The kid is a one heck of an athletic, but can anyone name the current (or past) "franchise" QBs that came out of spread offenses? I'm not being a smarta-- I just really don't know of any.

Posted by: jason wilmington | Mar 7, 2011 11:15:03 AM

Apex_Assassin - Did you not get that reference? "Throw a football over a mountain" is a quote from the movie Napoleon Dynamite. Obviously Gantt was using it as a joke.

Posted by: Dave | Mar 7, 2011 11:31:27 AM

What about Ryan Mallet?????

Posted by: Chadd | Mar 7, 2011 1:09:22 PM

Mann are yall crazy why not take cam look at all the QBs in our divison we can develop him and make him great we need him here and now is the time

Posted by: Antonio | Mar 7, 2011 1:16:50 PM

If labor talks produce a rookie wage scale, which it sounds like it might, here's how that decision could impact the draft: https://bit.ly/NEWCBA -- teams that need QBs, like the Panthers, could beneift big time from the new CBA. And it makes the Newton #1 pick less risky.

Posted by: lech112 | Mar 7, 2011 1:44:51 PM

"why not take cam look at all the QBs in our divison we can develop him and make him great we need him here and now is the time"

Yep lets take a project Qb who will have to sit and learn as the #1 overall pick. Heck I don't remember the last time a #1 pick had sat and learn? I thought they play rightaway, especially since 08 how every Qb selected in the 1st round are day 1 starters. If you rush Cam N( when he isn't ready) the fans will throw him under the bus and call for the next guy. It never ends.

Posted by: oh wow | Mar 7, 2011 1:46:33 PM

Cam Newton will be a Carolina Panther. Bank on it.

Posted by: Area Man | Mar 7, 2011 1:50:47 PM

" And it makes the Newton #1 pick less risky."

In the amount of money guarantee, yes. But if he becomes a bust, it will set your franchise back for the next 5yrs. Waisting a top 5 pick and we will be looking and say why didn't we select a PP, Marcell D, Nick F etc etc.

Funny how fans want a certain player selected and then if he does bad they are ready to call him a bust etc etc after 1 yr without improving.

Posted by: oh wow | Mar 7, 2011 1:50:58 PM

"Cam Newton will be a Carolina Panther. Bank on it."

Are you the GM of the Panthers lol? None of us know who they will select. I will lmao if it isn't Cam N.

Posted by: oh wow | Mar 7, 2011 1:52:07 PM

It's amazing that Cam is compared to JaMarcus Russell and Vince Young, not like that is such a bad thing. Russell was drafted by Oakland and really never played in 3 years with 3 different offensive coordinators and Vince Young have won 3 post season awards each of times he was allowed to start more than 10 games in a season, rookie of the year and 2 probowl appearances on teams that were 0-11 without him.

I think Cam will not only do well, he will become great.....after all...all he do is win, right.

Posted by: j singleton | Mar 7, 2011 1:57:34 PM

I'm interested in the details of the labor negotiation. That's one shred of evidence.

Posted by: Ben | Mar 7, 2011 2:01:19 PM

Newton came into Auburn & learned that offense quickly enough to go 14-0 with a team that was unranked at the beginning of the 2010 season. I think his lack of experience in the spread is actually a positive. He didn't run the spread long enough to form a lot of bad habits like Gabbert & Tebow. As far as the Russell comparisons go there shouldn't be one. Newton has already worked harder going into his pro day than Russell did in 3 years with the Raiders. The more I see this kid the more I like him. If Rivera is blowing smoke he has me convinced.

Posted by: Smiley | Mar 7, 2011 2:13:33 PM

I love the Napolian Dynammite reference

Posted by: hamptonhowle | Mar 7, 2011 2:27:31 PM

Cam Newton will NOT be a Panther he scored a 17 on the wonderlic...acceptable is 21 needed 25...NOT gonna happen ,this seals it!

Posted by: hellfish | Mar 7, 2011 2:56:26 PM

Oh yeah that Wonderlic predicts everything -definitely means he'll be terrible just like these guys:

Dan Marino 15
Randall Cunningham 15
Jim Kelly 15
Terry Bradshaw 15

Not great like this guy:
JaMarcus Russell 24


Posted by: AG | Mar 7, 2011 3:38:31 PM

The man is a winner. All that other stuff don't matter to me and shouldn't matter to yall as long as his teammates embrace him and he not constantly getting arrested. Big Ben is a winner and been accused of a few things lately yet a premier organization like the steelers haven't moved him yet cause he's a winner. You gotta take a chance some time to become great cause these nfc south qbs are only gonna get better and we are on the outside looking in when it comes to qbs.

Posted by: chill | Mar 7, 2011 3:47:39 PM

If we draft Cam Newton I really believe this is another idiot decision and we have another head coach who is influenced by Marty Hurney and has no cujones to stand up to him. Big Big Big Mistake. Cam Newton is at best a 4th year back up quarterback in the NFL.

Posted by: shots956 | Mar 7, 2011 3:53:24 PM

I cannot believe the Panthers are gonna pull the trigger on another QB when they did not give anybody but Clausen a chance last year. While I am not a Clausen fan, he was working with an offensive line that lacked 3 of its best players for nearly the entire season. They need to plug up the middle of that defensive line first. The middle linebacker cannot continually fend off centers and guards and still be expected to make a play near the line of scrimmage. Somebody else has to take those big dogs on so the mlb can make the play. They NEED a quality defensive tackle.

Posted by: defender5 | Mar 7, 2011 4:09:38 PM

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