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At 1-12, the Kitties are in absolute disarray, plagued mostly by an anemic offense that can’t score on anyone. For the season, Carolina ranks dead last in the league in total offense, passing yards, touchdown passes and yards per attempt and second-to-last in completion percentage.
Furthermore, the combination of Matt Moore and rookie Jimmy Clausen under center has been a mitigated disaster. Together, the two have combined for six touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
There’s nothing separating the Panthers from the first overall pick in April, but having just spent a second-round selection on Clausen, is Carolina in a position to take another quarterback, particularly when issues are so widespread?
In my opinion, yes. If Newton chooses to come out, he would provide the Panthers with an immediate scoring threat at the quarterback position. His physicality would mesh well with backs Jonathan Stewart, Mike Goodson and DeAngelo Williams in the running game, and provided the front office finds some receivers to complement Steve Smith, Newton would be a weapon through the air.
Above all, though, selecting a high-profile player with so much upside would convey to the Panthers’ starved fan base that the organization is committed to turning things around.