When Cam Newton was drafted with the first overall pick by Carolina, expectations began to run rampant. When a franchise drafts a quarterback with the first pick, it isn't paying that player to hold a clipboard—they are paying them to become the face of the franchise.
Cam Newton certainly has the personality to become the face of the Panthers; that we know. But if he wants to avoid the same fate of the many other highly drafted quarterbacks, he will have to meet some high expectations in his first few seasons.
What is a successful season? There is no easy answer, and every player has a different set of goals they should reach in order for that season to be deemed a "success."
Here is what I need to see out of Newton in year one to determine his rookie season has met the standards that have been set and that he will be on his way towards a great career.