5 Carolina Panthers Who Will Help Cam Newton

Adam SpencerCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2011

5 Carolina Panthers Who Will Help Cam Newton

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    Cam Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, looked pretty good in his first game action.

    He went 8-for-19 for 134 yards.

    Those aren't very eye-popping numbers, and he didn't have a touchdown pass, but it was an encouraging sign.

    He avoided interceptions, which is a key to any QB's development.

    His teammates also looked pretty good in the victory over the New York Giants.

    Newton will have to rely pretty heavily on his teammates as he learns how to adjust to the NFL.

    Here are five players on the Carolina Panthers who will help ease Newton's transition.

Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams

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    Having a good running back is a huge help to a young quarterback's development.

    Having two good running backs is even better.

    If Stewart and Williams can both stay healthy for the entire season, Newton will have a good running game to rely on.

    With defenses focusing on the running backs, Newton should have plenty of open passing lanes this season.

Jeremy Shockey and Greg Olsen

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    The Panthers have a new tight end duo this year. They've added Jeremy Shockey and Greg Olsen to help Cam Newton develop.

    Good tight ends are the safety nets that make young QBs better.

    Olsen and Shockey are two of the best tight ends in the business and should provide Newton with some easy completions in 2011.

Steve Smith

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    And finally, every young QB needs a legitimate big-play wide receiver in order to be successful.

    Enter Steve Smith.

    If he can stay healthy in 2011, he should have a big year.

    Newton has a strong arm and can hit Smith anywhere on the field if he learns how to handle an NFL pass rush.

    If he stays calm in the pocket, he has all the tools he needs to be a successful NFL quarterback.

    The Carolina Panthers have done an excellent job putting talented players around him on offense.