Cam Newton is off to a record-setting start as a rookie. After only three games, Newton has already thrown for more than 1,000 yards, and if he continues at that rate, he will finish the season with 5,397 yards and 21 touchdowns.
It seems unlikely Newton will finish with that many yards. This is both due to the fact that he is a rookie and that NFL teams will soon develop effective game plans to stop him. However, the 21 touchdowns certainly seem attainable, and even probable, given the playmakers at his disposal.
And furthermore, 21 touchdowns is a feat that many rookie quarterbacks have achieved.
Yet, as unworldly of a season that Newton is having so far, many other quarterbacks have had similar success to Newton in their rookie seasons.
After all, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan and Dan Marino have all had phenomenal rookie seasons that were testament to their potential to develop into the great quarterbacks they were/are today.
Using these four quarterbacks as scales, let’s evaluate Newton’s season thus far.