Cam Newton: Why He Won't Win Offensive Rookie of the Year

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Cam Newton: Why He Won't Win Offensive Rookie of the Year
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It didn't come as much of a surprise when the Carolina Panthers selected Cam Newton with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft.

Newton has a very rare mix of size, strength and speed, and you cannot question his heart or desire to succeed. It's a great starting point for success in the NFL.

But Newton is a high-risk, high-reward type player.

His lack of experience is frightening when you consider the scope of the job in front of him.

Newton will compete (so we're told) with incumbent starter Jimmy Clausen for the starting spot, but I think we all know how that so-called battle will turn out.

This is Cam Newton's team now.

Nevertheless, Panther fans better not expect him to win the next offensive Rookie of the Year award. There are too many obstacles, namely his lack of experience and the uncertainty behind a 2-14 Carolina Panthers team.

Let's take a closer look.

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