Cam Newton: Why Newton Will Be the Next NFL Superstar

Joseph HealyCorrespondent ISeptember 18, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 18:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts to a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Last week, Cam Newton gave us a glimpse of what the future might hold for him. In his NFL debut, he completed 24 of 37 passes for 422 yards and two touchdowns. For good measure, he also ran for a touchdown.

Since it was against the weak Cardinals' defense and anybody can have a big game from time to time, many, myself included, assumed that performances like that from him would be few and far between in these early stages of his career.

At least that's the way you assume it should work. Quarterbacks like him, and by that I mean scramblers that didn't play in pro-style systems in college, don't usually come in and immediately contribute.

Newton is doing all he can to buck that trend.

When you saw that he was slated to face the Packers in Week 2, you had to figure that he would be in for a rude awakening.

As it turns out, that's not really the case.

Newton completed 13 of 21 passes for 180 yards with a touchdown, at the half.

If you had read me those numbers for Newton, I would have assumed that those were his game totals. Not only that, I would have called that a pretty good game against a defense as good as the Packers'.

It seems that many of the assumptions that were made about Newton have turned out to be wrong.

Based on his preseason stats, we figured he would be inaccurate. All he has done is complete passes at better than a 60 percent clip.

We also thought that he would have trouble leading a team against faster, more complex NFL defenses. All he had done is lead his team to a 28-21 win in Week 1 and a 13-7 halftime lead on the defending Super Bowl champions in Week 2.

It looks like it's time to accelerate the time table for Newton's development.

Newton is a star right now. He will only get better from here, but he is a star already.