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Cam Newton, the No. 1 pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, has big expectations in leading the Carolina Panthers back to competitiveness after a devastating 1-15 2010 season.
It didn't take Newton, 22, long to deliver.
He went 24-for-37 for a rookie record 422 yards and two touchdowns against one pick. Newton also used his legs for a running tally in a 28-21 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Newton has strong offensive weapons in wide receiver Steve Smith, running back DeAngelo Williams and tight ends Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey, so he has the tools for a successful season.
Bob Bajek is a freelance reporter and can be followed at Patch.com and Twitter.