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Despite a great deal of doubt from pundits, Newton proved all the critics wrong by throwing for over 4,000 yards in his rookie season, throwing for 21 touchdowns and rushing for 14. The future for Newton will certainly be very bright.
Yet, he will most likely slump in his sophomore year. This is not a knock whatsoever on Newton as a quarterback, but more so a compliment to his amazing rookie season.
As the NFL begins to adjust itself to his playing style, Newton will be hard-pressed to repeat his rookie success. He will likely still put up 18 touchdowns through the air, 3,500 yards passing, and six touchdowns on the ground, but critics will still consider that a down season.
The sky is the limit for Newton, but he will most likely cool down a bit in 2012.