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2011 stats (rookie season): 4,051 passing yards, 21 touchdown passes, 60 percent completion, 14 rushing touchdowns.
Some may argue that Matthew Stafford should be in this position, but I already consider him a top quarterback in this league.
Cam Newton is entering his second season, and he is going to be a special player in the National Football League.
The quarterback earned Rookie of the Year honors after he broke Peyton Manning's record for the most passing yards in a rookie season, and he did it while having a shortened offseason.
The second-year pro will now have an entire offseason to work with Offensive Coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who is the man that is credited for a majority of Newton's success.
The Panthers also possess one of the league's deepest backfields, in my opinion, after the addition of Mike Tolbert, and the team will bring in a solid receiving core in 2012 that is led by veterans Steve Smith and Greg Olsen.
The team's No. 2 receiver Brandon LaFell started to emerge late in the season, and the team will also have David Gettis back, who will return to the team after missing the 2011 season with a torn ACL.
The future looks bright in Carolina, and it seems like the team has found its franchise quarterback for the next decade.