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June 26, 2014

Cam Newton cracks top 25 on NFL Network list

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is moving up the charts in terms of respect from his NFL peers.

Newton, the two-time Pro Bowler and the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2011, came in at No. 24 on the NFL Network's list of the league's top 100 players. Newton was 46th last year on the NFL Network list, which is voted on by current players.

Newton was No. 40 after his rookie season.

Newton is ranked ahead of the likes of Matthew Stafford (100), Colin Kaepernick (81), Joe Flacco (58), Philip Rivers (34), Ben Roethlisberger (31) and Andrew Luck (30). Luck broke Newton's rookie passing record a year after Newton took down Peyton Manning's rookie passing mark.

The NFL Network's three-minute highlight clip of Newton features a couple of impressive scrambles from last season. Fullback Mike Tolbert talks about a pre-snap check Newton made last year during a game-winning drive at Miami -- a facet of Newton's game that has been slow to develop.

Newton is the third Panthers' player on the top 100 list to this point, joining center Ryan Kalil (93) and defensive end Greg Hardy (53).

Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, figures to be the Panthers' highest-ranked player -- after he failed to crack the top 75 in Pro Football Focus' list of the top 101 players.

NFL Network will reveal its top 20 players in 10-player installments at 9 p.m. each of the next two Wednesdays -- July 2 and July 9.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on June 26, 2014 at 01:26 PM | Permalink


I love Cam but he isnt Top 25 yet, he is closer but not quite there. My hope is that he becomes a truly Top 25, even Top 10 player this year, the kind that can elevate his play as well as the play of others around him.

Posted by: Rick B. | Jun 26, 2014 4:25:54 PM

maybe he is top 100.....but who cares.

Posted by: tony clifton | Jun 26, 2014 5:36:39 PM

I will make Cam number 1 on the list if the Panthers sign me. Check out my combine video on youtube.

Posted by: John Downing | Jun 27, 2014 8:47:00 AM

It's ticks me off at the amount of people that spout that Cam Newton isn't top 25 in the NFL. They come up with nothing to support it, and continuously down play all his accomplishments. Cam Newton breaks a record "it's cause rules of the game changed", Andrew Luck breaks the same record after "OMG he has such poise, he's truly becoming a master of the game". I have seen more and more of this and frankly it seems as if there is something sinister in their reasoning, perhaps they are motivated by a bias of some sort (you know what I mean)?

Posted by: Ging Freecss | Jun 28, 2014 6:46:49 AM

Cam Newton's 2013 stats:

With sub-par O-line, sub-par RBs, bottom 4 receiving corps, and super conservative Mike Shula playcalling.

3400 passing yards
580 rushing yards
24 passing TDs
6 rushing TDs
89 QB rating
62% completion rate
Helped lead team to 12-4 record, NFC South Champ., #2 seed in NFC

4 game winning drives, 3 game winning TD drives. 2 of those were against the Patriots and Saints.

Well deserved #24 ranking. Sign of respect from peers.

Posted by: Nik | Jun 28, 2014 11:37:59 PM

Nik the play book was reduced because Cam was having trouble learning it and there's no way you can put him ahead of QB's that have a Superbowl ring...We'll see how it goes this year your forgetting the Defense won a lot of those games.

Posted by: QB | Jun 29, 2014 1:37:07 PM

Does anybody understand other than Nik that these ranking are voted on by the players(peers)so most of you who commented here are saying that the players don't know what their talking about,you know the one's who actually play the game, unlike all of you who made foolish comments. Would it be fair to say that none of you ever played at the NFL level and the person calling themself QB how would you know that the play book was reduced....are you a coach for the panther's or do you really believe what the so called experts say, you know the one's who hate Cam because they can't be like Cam but want too be.

Posted by: officer jim | Jun 29, 2014 5:41:41 PM

Thank you Jim, I'm at the belief that there are alot of people commenting on here that are either not fans or just negative about everything. I normally take it with a grain of salt. I like reading other real Panther Fan blogs, such as Cat Scratch reader, Cat chronicles or even Bleacher report is better.

Posted by: Tower Cat | Jun 30, 2014 6:31:04 PM

Guys can't we just get along? I will prove the doubters wrong. Keep pounding!! Cammy cam juice will be out in a few weeks. Keep an eye out for it.

Posted by: Cameron Newton | Jun 30, 2014 8:27:59 PM

Cam it would be an honor to block for you. Tell Mr Rivera to look at my combine video on youtube and give me a call.

Posted by: John Downing | Jul 1, 2014 10:35:52 AM

LOL. Mike Sando's much more accurate listing, compiled by actual GM's, coaches, scouts, done anonymously, ranks Cam in the bottom third. Of course this is NOT based on popularity, rather talent and skill. Cam is a scam and those blind enough to believe he is an elite QB are as big as fools as those who continue settling for mediocre from the franchise - while paying increasing ticket and concession prices. Cam Newton - LOL

Posted by: Cooter Jenkins | Jul 2, 2014 11:48:31 AM

Cooter Jenkins, dead wrong.

Cam was TOP of third tier sitting at #16 just .02 behind Foles and .08 behind Kaep. Both of those QBs have much better O-lines and run games with much better WRs.

Posted by: Nik | Jul 2, 2014 8:36:10 PM

Cooter Jenkins, typical Cam Newton hater who acts like Cam Newton is trash. Give Cam an actual O-line, healthy RBs, and a top 16 WR corps, he will elevate his passing game big time. Other QBs like Kaep, Foles, Dalton, etc. have a LOT more help than Cam.

Cam made 2 Pro Bowls for a reason. His 13,000 yards in the first 3 years in the NFL is the most in NFL history (for first 3 years).

Hey Cam haters that want to give 100% credit to the defense for last year's success, consider this: without Cam's CLUTCH 3 game winning TD drives and 3 game winning TD PASSES against the Patriots (playoff team with elite QB), Dolphins, and Saints (playoff team with elite QB), the Panthers would be 9-7 and not make the playoffs.

Dave Gettleman has been a part of 8 Super Bowl teams and knows how to evaluate talent. In his post-season press conference, Gettleman has already stated Cam "proved" he is the franchise QB, deal with it haters.

Posted by: Nik | Jul 2, 2014 8:44:55 PM

Nikki, stop being so sensitive maam.

Posted by: Steve Smith Jr | Jul 3, 2014 1:58:19 AM

Absolutely right...there is no way any QB, let alone Cam Newton who does so many things could ever be better than a QB who has won the Superbowl... I mean if such a thing were possible then we'd have to acknowledge that Dan Marino who never won a superbowl in his lengthy carreer was among some of the best Quarterbacks in history!!!

Lets accept the facts people, this is a TEAM Sport... just because a player gets a superbowl ring does not mean they are one of the best at their position... even Quarterbacks!

Posted by: Richard | Jul 3, 2014 12:04:11 PM

True. Is Adam Morrison better with his Laker bench rings than Barkley?

Posted by: Sports don | Jul 3, 2014 6:36:06 PM

Is Shaquille Oneal a better actor than Denzel Washington?

Posted by: Don Juan | Jul 4, 2014 6:54:20 PM

Missing Greg Olsen on the list! GO PANTHERS

Posted by: PantherFanD | Jul 9, 2014 12:14:07 AM

Panthers vs Colts: Panthers 30-24 Super Bowl Champs 2014 GO PANTHERS!!!

Posted by: PantherFanD BofAFan | Jul 9, 2014 12:17:15 AM

Guys lets not get ahead of ourselves with all this Superbowl talk. Lets worry about Sept 7 first. Keep pounding!!! Cammy Cam juice will be out soon, keep an eye out for it.

Posted by: Cameron Newton | Jul 14, 2014 11:30:47 AM

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