Carolina Panthers: 3 Ways Cam Newton's Weapons Made Him Better Than He Should Be

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Carolina Panthers: 3 Ways Cam Newton's Weapons Made Him Better Than He Should Be
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Cam Newton (1) has a lot of people to thank for his Rookie of the Year-caliber season.

The Carolina Panthers' star quarterback, Cam Newton, has had a rookie season for the ages.

In fact, I believe he was snubbed by the fans and coaches selecting the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl rosters—though there is a good chance he will still make the team as an alternate assuming either Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers takes his team to the Super Bowl.

Newton, the Carolina Panthers' record-setting rookie, should have been selected as the NFC's third Pro Bowl quarterback in place of the New York Giants' Eli Manning.

However, Newton could not have had his great season without a lot of help from his teammates and coaches. They helped make the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner better than he should have been as a rookie quarterback.

Better—that is—than anyone expected or even hoped he would be in his first professional season.

(All player statistics in this article are through Week 16 of the 2011 NFL season)

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