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This is the time of year that most don't give too much consideration for choosing a team's designated captains, but Cam Newton has not been shy about expressing his feelings toward it.
It seems he may need a year to prove he has matured enough to be viewed worthy of the captain designation, but even so, the Panthers have been represented on offense by Steve Smith and Jordan Gross for the past few seasons.
A lot will depend on how Newton performs over the summer and during the preseason. His actions and his ability to present himself as a team leader will greatly influence his teammates to determine if he is ready to take up the mantle of team captain.
Newton feels he is ready, and he clearly understands what it means to be a team captain, according to Henson of Panthers.com:
Team captain is up to your peers. That's a big responsibility on the field and off the field. Everybody around the league knows that when you're a team captain, that's not just a patch on your jersey. You're holding yourself to a higher standard. I'm going about it each and every day, trying to make that happen.
However, some members of the team think Newton should be wearing the captain's patch in 2013. One of them is defensive captain Jon Beason:
He does go on to say that it will not be easy for Newton be named to the position given the presence of Smith and Gross in the offense:
It's premature to start thinking about this year's team captains, and if Newton really wants it as bad as he says he does, then he will have to prove himself during workouts, training camp, preseason and the regular season.