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What do you attribute to Cams shaky start today...

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yeah, definitely pressing. not into coverage, just in general

we got the W so hopefully he'll settle down

maybe a little anxiety?

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I like what I've seen from Newton so far, but one thing Im happy/sad about is scrambling. I like that he does keep his eyes down the field, but a few times in all 3 games I thought there was more yards to be had by running it. Hes outplayed my expectations so much, that I started getting mad when he was high on some balls. Knew that would happen after two good weeks with a few bad throws.. Im glad we got the win, and I am even more glad that he is not satisfied.

PS I think he has taken both losses fairly hard because we were in position to possibly be 3-0, so he might have started the game trying to do too much...

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More Irony - calling someone out on misspelling while misspelling the word misspelling.

Even More Irony! Both of you guys should have used a semicolon and not a en dash.

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I knew he would have "off throws" or an "off game" here and there, and I think today was the perfect storm, literally.

The start initially was really frustrating to watch, but not unexpected at some point this season. It was really tough because it hadn't started raining yet and he was missing open targets high, at least 4 times. A couple of them were throws he was making the first 2 weeks that are on a Tom Brady-accurate level (fitting it in the window between the CB and the safety over the top on the sideline). Those throws require pinpoint accuracy, and they just weren't happening today as they did in the first 2 weeks. Again, he is a rookie and those days will happen from time to time.

Then the other misses were of the "wide-open-all-you-have-to-do-is-get-it-to-them" variety. Such as the miss to Legadu over the middle... That would've been a guaranteed 30+ yard gain and possible TD and he completely missed him high and didn't lead him at all.

That was all in the first quarter... So I was hoping he would settle down and get in a rhythm in the 2nd. Then, the monsoon happened. So he never really got a chance to get in a rhythm until the rain stopped in the 4th quarter.

So, it wasn't horrible, it was just one of those days. We will definitely see less and less of these as his career progresses. And what matters is he played his best when it counted. The rain coming in definitely limited us and him for about 2 and a half quarters worth of the game, so his numbers likely would've been much better had we gotten those in better playing conditions.

Regardless, he'll be better next week. I've heard many of the great QBs when analyzing other QBs talk about on off nights how it feels or appears as if their accuracy suffers because they're trying too hard to "guide" a ball into a spot, rather than just throw it and put it there. It feels to me like Cam was doing that today.

He was thinking too much and it gets to you mechanically. And I think this was a result of the media love-fest for the most part over the last week and then knowing the implications of this game against a guy who could've also been the #1 pick. He wanted to show out instead of just playing like he did the first 2 weeks.

I expect more awesomeness next week. A lot less attention and pressure and a better opponent (as I suspect that Cam being a guy that shows up when the lights go on may also be a guy that plays up or down to his competition as a rookie).

Also, don't know how many of you saw the historic rookie vs. rookie #1 QB showdowns of recent years that ESPN was showing leading up to our game this week, but from what I saw in those games, most of them had average games against one another, much like we saw today... Even the great ones. I really think it's a mental thing.

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I think it was about half "expected rookie game/looking past the game as a gimme" type mental errors and half the wetness. Even before the downpour starting around the 2nd quarter the ball had to be a little slick.

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It's funny how the self-righteous posters get off on telling others that Cam's ankle wasn't a problem when they have no f**king clue themselves. This is an opinion thread and people are giving their opinions. It's ridiculous to try to argue with somone in here.

I don't believe his foot was a problem based on watching him play.

He did not appear to be limping. He did not appear to have any trouble running with the ball. He did not appear to have any trouble planting on the foot.

Based on WHAT I SAW, he was just throwing the ball high all day. It happens. He is a rookie and will have games where this happens.

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this partially a joke and partially serious.....

But Newton has always proven and Rivera has been constantly told Cam is a big game QB.

NFL rookie debut? Impressive.

SB Champs? Impressive.

The crappy Jags in Charlotte in probably the 2nd least interesting matchup of the week in a game Carolina should win.....not impressive, but good enough to get the job done.

I think this could be a trend we see with Cam. Not something for certain each week....but the bigger the game, the better the play could be reality.

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I don't believe his foot was a problem based on watching him play.

He did not appear to be limping. He did not appear to have any trouble running with the ball. He did not appear to have any trouble planting on the foot.

Based on WHAT I SAW, he was just throwing the ball high all day. It happens. He is a rookie and will have games where this happens.

He def has a problem sailing balls. I think the riggers of the NFL might be getting to him now.

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My view of it was along the lines mentioned where he was just thinking too much. Seemed to me he was too worried about last week's interceptions. Playing in the monsoon doesn't help either, but his body language didn't seem to indicate the rain was the issue.

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Anyone who has played athletics at any level knows that sometimes you are feeling it and things just seem to all fall together and other times no matter what you do it seems you just can't get it together and make obvious mistakes.

We all know he started out struggling but came back to win the game late. It happens to most folks. No excuses are needed, it just happened.

What is positive is that he learned that even if you don't have your best stuff you have to keep battling and trying to make something happen. If you do, sometimes things work out.

This kind of gritty performance shows me more than the first 2 weeks really.

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so u all b sayin cam picked a good day to have a bad day

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so u all b sayin cam picked a good day to have a bad day

it is what it is....but don't forget the other team out there gets paid too.

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