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Critics have picked apart Newton and Kaepernick's throwing mechanics, but both players are still evolving in this area. Remember, both quarterbacks came from spread-style offenses in college, so patience is needed.
Of course, some believe time is running out, especially for Newton, who has 25 more starts than his former roommate.
In terms of the physical attributes, both players have excellent arm strength and velocity on their throws. However, mechanics are still an issue with both quarterbacks, especially with regards to footwork in the pocket.
Now, I still believe both players have monster potential as throwers, but we'll have to wait for this to eventually materialize. For the moment, we can only judge them as they are now.
After an excellent Week 1 performance against the Green Bay Packers, Colin Kaepernick has looked rather subpar throwing the football in Weeks 2-10.
Yes, his performance has improved in the past few weeks, but I still see issues with his awareness in the pocket. However, I also understand the inconsistencies in the 49ers receiving corps, which has undoubtedly impacted his performance.
With Newton, I see the same issues, but the former Auburn quarterback has shown far better pocket awareness in the past few weeks. Newton has also looked more accurate, completing 64 percent of his passes thus far in the season.
Newton will have a stiff test against a very solid 49ers secondary, which ranks eighth against the pass. Kaepernick will face a similar test in the Panthers' 10th-ranked pass defense.
Based off of recent performance, I would have to give the slight edge to Newton this week.
Verdict: Cam Newton