Ought to Falcons Contemplate Former NFC Foe as a Backup QB?

Panthers QB Cam Newton


Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers.

No, Cam Newton just isn’t higher than Matt Ryan and wouldn’t take his begin job proper off the bat. However may he thrive as a backup in Atlanta for the Falcons? Completely––particularly if he places his pleasure apart and settles for a backup job as an alternative of a beginning job once more that he’s, probably, not going to land.

Newton and the Patriots are anticipated to half methods following a moderately disappointing season in New England. The previous MVP QB must be reasonably priced after not residing as much as the hype final yr.

It’ didn’t begin off on a foul foot, nonetheless, it did finish badly.

Newton joined the Patriots a bit late and competed to win the beginning job, main the Patriots to a 2-1 report in his first three debuts.

However then he turned the primary Patriots participant to check optimistic for the virus and spent 10 days in isolation and believed that’s when he fell aside for the remainder of the season. With a remaining 7-9 report, the Patriots didn’t make the playoffs and have been below .500 for the primary time since 2000.

Nonetheless, Newton had some shining moments.

 Cam Newton Ended 2020 Breaking Information

Newton completed the 2020 season finishing 65.eight p.c of his passes for two,657 passing yards, eight touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in 15 begins. He additionally added 12 extra dashing scores. Whereas he might not have been the MVP caliber he as soon as was, he positive capped off the season prefer it, breaking information alongside the best way.

New England confronted the Jets of their final sport and win on the yr and also you is perhaps considering that doesn’t rely, oh however it does and the spectacular numbers present why.

-Longest run by a QB: Newton set a brand new franchise benchmark by gaining 49 yards on the run. The longest run prior occurred 57 years in the past by Tom Yewcic who gained 46 yards towards the Denver Broncos in September 1963.

-Most dashing yards by a QB in a single season: In the identical sport, Newton wanted simply 26 yards to interrupt Steve Grogan’s 1978 report of 539 yards and he did it on his first carry of the day. He ended the season with 592 dashing yards and 12 scores on 137 makes an attempt.

-A landing reception by a QB: In Patriots franchise historical past, a QB had by no means caught a landing move earlier than however that modified when Newton handed the ball to Sony Michel who threw it again to Jakobi Meyers who threw a 19-yard move to Newton for the rating.

Certain, most of Newton’s video games weren’t all that spectacular, however ending the season with a “bang” leaves hope. It’s additionally value noting that Matt Ryan is strictly a pocket passer and had his longest rush of 13-yard yards in 2020 since Week 15 of the 2018 season towards the Cardinals.

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Newton Wants Arthur Smith

The Falcons and Panthers’ Cam Newton have a protracted historical past however that’s a tune for one more time.

The Panthers chosen Netwon out of Auburn with the No. 1 total decide within the 2011 draft the place he spent eight seasons in Carolina.

Newton, a former 2010 Heisman Trophy winner, and 2015 NFL MVP, didn’t end the 2019 season because of a nagging foot damage and went 0-2, finishing 50 of 89 passes (56.2 p.c) for 572 yards and nil touchdowns to 1 interception. He additionally did a poor job on the bottom, trying 5 rushes for negative-two yards.

After three Professional Bowl seasons and an look in Tremendous Bowl LI, Netwon went 23-23 because the Panthers’ starter via 46 begins from 2016 to 2019. Throughout his time in Carolina, Newton has accomplished 59.6 p.c of his passes for 10,778 yards and 65 touchdowns to 44 interceptions.

Newton might be good. Not so good as he as soon as was, in fact, however with the proper teaching below Arthur Smith and a number of other weapons, he may get again on monitor and make for a dependable backup for a few years to return.

It additionally helps that Newton is from Georgia, so he can be coming house. And he was noticed final offseason throwing to Calvin Ridley, so perhaps they’ll do it once more this March, and Ridley can persuade him, ey?

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