Cam Newton Not as Similar to RGIII as Once Thought, and More NFC South News

Knox BardeenNFC South Lead WriterSeptember 14, 2012

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 09:  Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers lofts a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the game at Raymond James Stadium on September 9, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Drew Brees is one of the few people to have both the knowledge of the position and have been up close enough to see both Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III play.

In a Charlotte Observer report, Brees said the two have similarities, but Newton is a huge specimen and very athletic.

“It’s hard to say anybody is Cam Newton-like because Cam is so big, so athletic,” New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees said. “There are similarities in the ability to make plays with both his legs and his arms. He can get inside and outside the pocket and throws the ball downfield very well. It’s only one game but he sure was impressive against us.”

In reviewing the game film, Carolina head coach Ron Rivera agreed with some of the similarities, but said there are things that make the two quarterbacks much, much different.

In fact, it may be that the Carolina offense is more similar to the Washington offense than Newton is to Griffin.

And when it comes to looking at film, similar schemes on offense may before valuable than having two similar quarterbacks.

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Atlanta Falcons

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and wide receiver Roddy White were both limited in practice Wednesday.

Matt Ryan has never been to to Peyton Manning's quarterback camp, he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Thursday. But he said he'd "love to go at some point."

Carolina Panthers

The Panthers are wearing t-shirts that say "I have Ryan Kalil's back." A playful, yet serious response to Kalil taking out a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer guaranteeing a Super Bowl victory.

The Charlotte Observer put out an All Points Bulletin for the Panthers' offense and said Sunday's game against New Orleans wasn't a must-win, but felt like it.

New Orleans Saints

One of the reasons the Saints were so out of sync on offense was because the wide receivers couldn't get separation. [Times-Picayune]

One of the focuses this week in practice has been reducing penalties. [Times-Picayune]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pewter Report has an interesting article on offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, who worked with Eli Manning during his time in New York.

Running back LeGarrette Blount returned to practice Thursday after seeing a specialist in Charlotte. Blount was diagnosed with a stinger, which is much better diagnosis than the earlier believed concussion. [The Tampa Tribune]