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I'll admit it: I was wrong about Cam Newton.
Everyone knew he had the talent to do big things in the NFL, but I didn't think he would be able to make a smooth transition to professional football.
In 2011, Newton had one of the finest rookie seasons in NFL history. He completed 60 percent of his passes for 4,051 yards, with 21 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
While his quarterback rating was a pedestrian 84.5, he also rushed for 706 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was easily the AP's Offensive Rookie of the Year and also reached the Pro Bowl.
The problem for Newton is his supporting cast. He didn't have a whole lot of help in 2011, and as a result, his Carolina Panthers finished 6-10.
If the Panthers are to compete in the NFC South this year, Newton will need to come close to replicating his success from last season.
He'll be counted on to dominate opposing defenses yet again, and if he can't do it, Carolina will be making another top-10 selection in the 2013 NFL draft.