The Panthers were the worst team in the league last season and while experts predicted they wouldn't be quite as bad this year, none of them predicted Newton to be quite this good.
The Panthers have been a run-first team throughout their history, but now they have become a passing team and are joining the rest of the league in the 21st century.
So how far can this surprising rookie and his cannon of an arm take the Panthers? Probably not as far as his stats would lead you to believe, but farther than last year for sure.
Here is how the surprise player of the early NFL season will change the Panthers' fortunes in 2011.