We can’t fault fantasy owners for knocking Newton down their draft boards a few spots after listening to this Bieber Impersonation. Perhaps the #1 pick in last April’s draft is preparing for a 2nd career in case the lockout lingers on and ultimately results in the cancellation of the 2011 season.
Newton is training with Ken Dorsey and Chris Weinke - despite their lack of NFL pedigree its a good sign that Cam is taking his job seriously.
ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas believes that Jimmy Clausen could still be in the mix depending on how Newton adjusts in training camp.
ProFootball Weekly mentions vets Kerry Collins and Marc Bulger as potential stopgaps for Carolina in case they deem Newton isn’t ready for week 1.
WR Steve Smith is not taking part in player workouts - yet another sign that his 10-year stint in Carolina is coming to an end.
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It’s well documented that the Carolina passing offense was a laughing stock in 2010 as they finished at the bottom of the league averaging 143 YPG (40 YPG less than the 31st ranked passing offense in Arizona).
Cam Newton’s decision making and football intellect with be under extreme scrutiny from day 1 as he makes the transition to a pro style offense. The loss of valuable training camp sessions with Carolina OC Rob Chudzinski will likely put Newton behind the 8-ball in the first half of the season. Further clouding his rookie season potential is the fact that the only legit WR on the roster Steve Smith has all but demanded a trade to a contender.
Saddled with learning a much more complicated offense than he ran in college and surrounded by a less than impressive receiving corps – its difficult to see Newton crack the top 20 fantasy QBs despite his dual threat ability. He’s a low end QB in 12 team leagues and is ranked as the #23 QB by FantasyFootball Extreme.