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Quarterback Cam Newton is the face of the Panthers' future. He had a record-setting rookie year, one of the best rookie campaigns in the history of the NFL. After having his first actual offseason, he is looking to do even better in his sophomore year.
If you look past the stat line, Cam Newton had a very impressive showing in his last preseason game against the New York Jets. The Jets—who have not only the best secondary in the NFL but also one of the best defensive lines—are a complete nightmare for quarterbacks.
While the Jets outmatched the Panthers' offensive line, Newton showed tons of presence in the pocket and ran at the right times. He narrowly avoided linebacker Aaron "Mayhem" Maybin on multiple occasions and also escaped from a few pressures by rookie defensive end Quinton Coples.
Unlike pocket passers like Tom Brady—who rarely leave the pocket—and scrambling quarterbacks like Michael Vick—who leave the pocket too often—Newton is developing a brilliant sense of when to leave the pocket and when to stay.
He still has to prove himself this year before he joins the elite class of quarterbacks. However, his set of skills truly is unique among quarterbacks currently in the league.
Carolina fans should look forward to what he will show them this season.