Per David Newton, according to Mike Sando's report, 26 league insiders ranked the QBs. Cam Newton came in 16th, the top of tier 3 according to their ranking.
I have seen so many rankings with different metrics which probably provide a more accurate ranking as to where Newton really is compared to his peers, but this one seems purely subjective (even though I can't see everything being that I'm no longer an ESPN Insider).
You may ask why it's even worth mentioning. My answer is that it's just more par for the course in regards to Newton not really being given his due (which I suppose is the story of his young career so far). I'm trying not to be a homer, and be totally objective, but it would seem that with what Newton has done---even if a good part is with his feet---that he would be ranked higher by the "league insiders".
According to Sando, one general manager called Newton "phenomenal'' and someone he would pay to see play. "He is a little bit like Ben [Roethlisberger] in that he is so physical," one head coach told Sando. "But he is so inconsistent. I would say he is a three. Some days, he's a one. Some days, he's a five."One defensive coordinator told Sando that Newton has "rare stuff.""You don't worry about him getting hit like you worry about other quarterbacks,'' the coordinator said. "He would be at the top of the list for me as a three because he is not a rare thrower, but he has rare stuff. I could see him elevating to a two, and it might just be winning past the regular season."
Sure Newton isn't the most consistent thrower, but he made great strides last year as far as his consistency and overall game. And he did so with a so-so receiving corps that wasn't necessarily consistent catching the ball, or consistent creating separation. Moreover, Newton was at the center of a phenomenal win-streak and game-winning drives that included his ability to scramble, but also showcased his ability to make throws when they counted the most.
Anyway, I guess that it's just another day in the media for Newton, and another day at the office for a Panthers fan.
Edited by top dawg, 02 July 2014 - 01:53 PM.