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Is a sophomore slump in the cards for Cam Newton?
Let's not even look at the Carolina Panthers opening preseason game this weekend. Cam Newton really didn't impress a great deal, but the sample size was incredibly small.
Instead, I want to look at the history of sophomore slumps as they relate to recent quarterbacks in the National Football League.
Is it an overblown media sensation?
Matt Ryan completed a lower percentage of passes, threw for less yards and had a lower quarterback rating in his second season for the Atlanta Falcons than he did during his rookie year. In the process, they missed the playoffs in 2009.
Joe Flacco progressed a great deal in terms of statistics during his sophomore season, but the Baltimore Ravens failed to make the postseason after winning 11 games the prior season.
Sam Bradford completely fell of the map after a solid rookie campaign in 2010. Every single major statistical category dropped for the St. Louis Rams quarterback in his second season.
I took a look at these three quarterbacks because they were among the most successful rookies in the recent history of the league.
That being said, it really is hard to compare Newton to any of those three. He succeeded beyond any previously set expectations for any rookie quarterback in the modern history of the NFL.
I simply don't see a sophomore slump coming.