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Let's take a look at some of the NFL's recent busts at the quarterback position.
- Vince Young started out fast, but character concerns quickly derailed a great future.
- JaMarcus Russel simply did not have the work ethic to make it in the NFL.
- Ryan Leaf was often injured and couldn't perform well enough for the short time he was on the field.
There are no character concerns with Cam. Newton has handled himself with great poise thus far which only increases my confidence in him.
Newton has already shown a strong work ethic. He spent every day training in the offseason and studied the playbook. Panthers coaches were impressed by the great shape he was in during training camp and how up to speed he was on the offense.
Durability is not a concern with Cam. He has been healthy and should remain so behind a solid offensive line. Durability is a much bigger concern for his protection; if the offensive line suffers from injuries, there could be a reason to worry about Newton.
Newton is in a much better situation than many realize and he may be on his way to having one of the most efficient and successful seasons that we've ever seen from a rookie quarterback.