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Cam Newton is coming off an historic rookie season for the Carolina Panthers last year. This year won't be quite as amazing statistically, but he'll improve as a player, and the Panthers will improve as a team.
With DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert in Carolina's backfield, Newton will likely be handing the ball off more frequently this season than he was last season. This will cut down his passing yards, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.
However, look for Newton to become more confident in the pocket this year as a passer. This will decrease the mistakes he makes and increase his overall passing touchdowns.
The Panthers look like a team poised to break out in 2012, and if they actually do, the reason will be because of Newton's development as a quarterback.
Final 2012 Stats: 63 Percent Completion Rate, 3,989 Yards, 26 TDs, 17 INTs; 537 Rushing Yards, 8 TDs