Put Cam in, coach. He wants to cover kicks.
Cam Newton has great hands. To be specific, his hands are great at throwing footballs and probably wouldn’t be much use if they were crushed by a backup linebacker.
Nevertheless, Newton insisted Sunday that he has the goods to make a difference on the Panthers special teams unit—specifically in onside kick situations.
Newton was sitting on the sidelines, chatting up tight end Brandon Williams when he admitted that he has always wanted to be on the “hands team.”
That’s right: Newton thinks he—not Steve Smith or Greg Olsen—has the best hands on the team.
Somehow, it could be believed that putting Newton in to receive the brunt of an onside kick bull rush isn’t a long-term plan for success. Ron Rivera would probably second this notion.
That being said, what’s the worst that could happen? You know, besides the part where your Heisman-winning, franchise quarterback gets ear-holed by a free safety and cannot feel feelings for a few weeks. There’s always that risk.
Perhaps there’s a more effective way to get the ball in Newton’s hands. Maybe they could line up some of the biggest guys on the team in a protective, wall-like fashion and just hand Newton the ball. That would probably work.
Sorry, Cam. I love you for wanting to contribute, but until you figure out how to catch your own passes, the only balls getting lobbed your way will be shotgun snaps.
Like, for real.