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Chris Weinke on WFNZ about training Cam

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#1 OchoNueve


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Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:31 AM

Chris Weinke was on WFNZ this morning discussing his training of Cam Newton. With the lockout going on he said he developed a schedule to try and simulate a training camp so that Cam would get experience during the NFL downtime. Cam is working 12 hours a day from 7am to 7pm. The most talented, naturally gifted guy he's ever been around (notes he has been around some very talented guys.) Regarding his perception of not handling a NFL offense, Weinke said Newton spends 3 hours a day going over the playbook with him and he said that not only grasp it but takes it to the field and applies it. He has picked up quickly on what verbage they study and translates it well in practices.

When asked if Cam is raw, he said that of course he is raw but with the ability he has, the work ethic he is putting in, and the strides he has made thus far, Weinke said he will "absolutely" be the starter at the beginning of the season. He said that a lot of rookies weren't fortunate enough to get their team's playbook and in that respect, Cam is leaps and bounds ahead of other rookies.

Spending a lot of time with Cam, he said he is a loyal guy and works his tail off. His smile is not fake and as people get to know him in Charlotte they are really going to like this guy.

He said that Cam asks all the right questions, is very inquisitive, and while if he doesn't understand something he stops Weinke, asks questions, and makes sure he does before they move to other topics.

....Missed the last 2 minutes but I think they were just gabbing about the 1-15 season.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:35 AM

Wow...really like these comments.

Seeing him not only putting in the time on the field but also into the playbook is fantastic to hear.

I am starting to really get excited about the potential and possibilities of this kid.

Keep it up Cam. You have a long way to go (still raw), but are doing the right things to get there.

Edited by MadHatter, 17 May 2011 - 07:47 AM.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:41 AM

i bet he is not that far off, and i do believe he will be starting in Arizona. keep up the good work.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:44 AM

We desperately need a threat at QB, glad to hear this so far...

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:45 AM

Keep up the great work Cam!

Everyone gets SWAG!!!!!

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:48 AM

Very good to hear! I can't wait to see him on the field. Good or bad, it will be exciting.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:49 AM

Can't wait to see this kid in action.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:50 AM

Start weinke!

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:52 AM

No matter how much effort he puts in, we still all need to remember that he is going to be a rookie and he is going to make rookie mistakes.

The expectations for this kid is going to be sky high in our fan base. We still have to remember that it is ALWAYS a maturation and learning process in the first year or two.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:57 AM

Cam. Newton.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 08:03 AM

If Cam Newton is turns out to be the next great QB, then I am saying Weinke for Panther HOF. :cam:

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 08:04 AM

Starting him from the beginning of the season scares the poo out of me.

What happened to bringing in a vet?