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August 23, 2011

Newton must get quicker with reads

Cam Newton says he knows where to go with the football.

He just needs to get it there faster.

Newton will make his second consecutive preseason start Thursday at Cincinnati and is considered the favorite to be the starting quarterback when the Panthers open Sept. 11 at Arizona.

In his first two preseason games, Newton has done a good job getting the ball to his tight ends. But he's only completed two passes to wideouts – both to Armanti Edwards – and has yet to convert a third down.

Newton, the No. 1 overall pick, said reading defenses is his biggest area for improvement.

You've got to get in the reads faster and quicker. I'm getting to the right places, but this is the NFL,” Newton said today. “Even though you're in the right place, the longer you're stuck on your reads, meaning the longer you take on making that throw, the longer the defense has to catch up.

If defensive backs are beat, they have time to get back. Some of them may bat it down. The great ones may pick it.”

Newton has not been intercepted in the two exhibitions. But he's looked uncomfortable in the pocket at times, and has struggled with his accuracy – particularly on deep outs.

But he should be helped this week with the return of veteran wideout Steve Smith, who missed the first two preseason games. Smith and Newton worked out privately during the lockout, and stayed late after Monday's practice for a throwing session that receiver Legedu Naanee also attended.

In other news …

--Right tackle Jeff Otah (knee) sat out after participating in a limited basis Monday. Otah has been dealing with swelling in his surgically repaired left knee.

--Middle linebacker Jon Beason (Achilles tendinitis) remains out. Panthers coach Ron Rivera gave no timetable on his return.

--Rivera said the team is waiting to see how offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz's hip responds to an injection he received within the past week.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on August 23, 2011 at 03:57 PM | Permalink


Come on Otah! Just get out there already!! Geez!

Posted by: Tanzania | Aug 23, 2011 4:18:00 PM

He seems rushed to me, as if he's been told all along to prepare because the NFL game is much quicker than college. Its as if he has taken it to the extreme because he drops back and lets it go pretty quickly in my opinion with little accuracy. He'll learn and make the right read. He has more time than I think he thinks he has, if that makes sense.

Posted by: Lee | Aug 23, 2011 4:18:40 PM

Thanks, Cam, for stating the obvious. Hopefully the game will slow down for you.

Posted by: Al Ears | Aug 23, 2011 4:30:55 PM

He is mentally slow. He has a low IQ. He is quite fast when it comes to stealing laptop computers though. He quick...he quick!

Posted by: ThugBall | Aug 23, 2011 4:32:25 PM

At Auburn they cut the field in half for him either right or left and there were only 3 options from the Shotgun, look downfield, look short and Run Cam Run. Why does it surprise anybody that he is having issues with this or that he may be reacting to quickly. He never had this much responsibility at Auburn.

Posted by: Bob | Aug 23, 2011 4:32:57 PM

At Auburn they cut the field in half for him either right or left and there were only 3 options from the Shotgun, look downfield, look short and Run Cam Run. Why does it surprise anybody that he is having issues with this or that he may be reacting to quickly. He never had this much responsibility at Auburn.

Posted by: Bob | Aug 23, 2011 4:32:57 PM

All of you negative "fans" are unreal..... Please let the man step on the field and play a meaningful game before you judge his talent let alone his mental cappacity. Or for the love of all things decent just go away. All of this negative energy is really brinning the rest of us down.

Posted by: Guest | Aug 23, 2011 4:41:24 PM

all i hear about is how "simple" the auburn offense was last year. I think you forget that no one in the sec was able to stop it. if it was so simple how come no one was able to beat them? Cam Newton.

Posted by: me | Aug 23, 2011 4:42:35 PM

Cam has played 4 quarters of preseason football with very limited practice and one year of D1 college ball. Give him some time. Wait til all the starters are back.

Posted by: Nosebleed Fan | Aug 23, 2011 4:47:21 PM

Thank you so much Bob for saying what i was about to say. All you negative nannies go be negative towards another team. This is his FIRST year in the NFL and he hasn’t even had a REAL first game yet, just pre-season and not to mention the freakin LOCK-OUT that didn’t help him at all because the teams were not practicing like they should have. As far as his mental capacity, STOP HATING. He obviously isn’t too dumb, he is going to be the starting QB for an NFL team making MILLIONS!!!! EAT THAT YOU ALL YOU NEGATIVE PEOPLE!!!

Posted by: mNm'S | Aug 23, 2011 4:49:49 PM

he looks exactly like freeman did 2 years ago. big and worthless, but freeman surprised everybody (except the bucs) and developed leaps and bounds from year one to year 2.

all we can do is hold out hope. and i bet he has a better rookie year than freeman but i'm not so sure about year 2 being anywhere near as good.

Posted by: charlottean | Aug 23, 2011 4:50:40 PM

He should let the game come to him ...

Posted by: Bigrip | Aug 23, 2011 4:52:52 PM

He needs to run the offence not the other teams defense .

Posted by: Bigrip | Aug 23, 2011 4:57:21 PM

The Panthers are misusing Cam. He is NOT a conventional NFL rookie quarterback. He should have an offense built around him, based on what he can uniquely do. I just hope that this is all an elaborate hoax by Coach Rivera to obscure Cam's unique abilities in the preseason so the rest of the league does not realize that special preparations are needed to play the Panthers. He should be like the second coming of a young Michael Vick who also has a stronger arm. If he can run effectively -- amd not just when the pocket breaks down -- the field will open up for him and other offensive weapongs, like Steve Smith, Amanti Edwards, Brandpn Lefell, and Greg Olsen, that the Panthers have.

Posted by: JOSEPH MCNULTY | Aug 23, 2011 4:58:21 PM

Right now Cam is trying to prove to everyone (mainly his critics) that he is a pocket passer and has avoided scambling. Cam, forget trying to impress the negative people (play Ceelo Green in their honor) who you will never do enough to please. Use all of your abilities that include running. You haven't been stopped yet by your opponents, so don't handicap and stop yourself!

Posted by: Chuck | Aug 23, 2011 5:02:53 PM

WOW I'm glad Payton Manning did not play here his freashman year, you would have had him pack up and moved out with his record breaking INT's. By the way, that record still stands today.

Cam will be good. The Panthers will be good...with time. This is rebuilding. Like all great teams has done.

Why don't you band wagon jumpers do what you do best. Jump off until the team is good again, then jump back on and tell everyone "I told you so".

Posted by: Real Panther | Aug 23, 2011 5:03:09 PM

How can he not look decent against the Bungles? If you ever needed a game to lock up the starting spot, this is it.

Posted by: Playmaker | Aug 23, 2011 5:03:45 PM

I like to see all of these people defending Cam by saying he will need a year to develop. Why didn't they show the same support for Jimmy Clausen??

Posted by: John | Aug 23, 2011 5:20:45 PM

Cam Newton needs repetitions. The more the better. There is absolutely no reason to think he and any other skill player, won't get better with more reps.

I'll even go so far as to say Cam Newton will become as good in the NFL as he was in college. The situation is not binary. It's not that he'll be great right away or a bust. There is a lot of room in between. Get him the reps and he'll be fine.

Posted by: qdog112 | Aug 23, 2011 5:22:27 PM


Posted by: clayton | Aug 23, 2011 5:30:36 PM

In any other situation, Clausen would be starting again in his 2nd year, and we'd notice a big improvement from his rough rookie campaign. Now, big improvement doesn't always translate into franchise QB. The reason we drafted Newton was they don't see Jimmy as being THE guy here. Cam will go through some very rough games, especially early in the season. Nobody expects this team to contend this year, so while painful, the reps will help him. I hope we see some of both QB's in the regular season, as Clausen can still have a lot of value as a quality reserve (you need 2 good ones in the NFL).

Posted by: Bassman | Aug 23, 2011 5:42:52 PM

We get it Joe Person.Yo do not like Cam Newton.Every article you write is way too negative and nitpicking of a rookie that has played only a few quarters in the NFL.

Please bring back Darin Gant and fire this clown.

Posted by: Big Jim | Aug 23, 2011 5:54:58 PM

I love how people share all this hate towards Cam. And then people show all this love for the guy. Then there's that guy who's always right smack dab in the middle. When none of you people really matter. Do you people honestly think Cam Newton is taking five minutes, let alone five seconds to read any of these comments here. Cam is going to do what Cam needs to do. Why don't you people do what y'all need to do. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

Posted by: el | Aug 23, 2011 5:55:27 PM

Agreed Bassman. I expect rough games early on by Cam. My hopes are that he grows from these rough spots and improves. This is what Jimmy couldn't do...actually improve over the course of the season.

Posted by: JAR | Aug 23, 2011 5:59:21 PM

Newton's IQ is extreme retard and obv why he never started at Florida and kicked out of the school -- He probably never even took classes at Auburn -- The guy is a freakshow equal to his low IQ posters protecting him who cant spell or write.

The media is making damn sure too they all stuff him as the starter including Fox sports and the goofy blonde.

What a screwball knucklebag he is. Play the other QBs Rivera you douchebutt -- No wonder 10 teams passed you up.

Posted by: cam fans are dumb | Aug 23, 2011 6:04:42 PM

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