Maybe Cam had a so-so day but he still got the win which will go a long way in his development.
The first two weeks of Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton’s career have been pretty exciting after back-to-back performances with over 400 passing yards–but the former Heisman Trophy winner entered Week 3 still searching for his first career win. On Sunday, Newton accomplished his main goal against the Jacksonville Jaguars and even set a new record in the process.
While it may not have been another 400-yard performance, Newton completed 18 of 34 passes for 158 yards with one touchdown–setting a record by becoming the first rookie to throw for over 1,000 passing yards in his first three games. Through three games, Newton has already thrown for 1,012 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions.
The best part is, Carolina is 1-2 and each of their two losses have been by just seven points–so this team has definitely improved from their 2-14 finish from one year ago.
It may be early, but it’s safe to say the Panthers made the right decision when they used the No. 1 pick on Newton last April instead of giving Jimmy Clausen–who threw for just three touchdowns in 13 games as a rookie last season–another chance to prove himself. Newton has progressed quicker than anyone expected and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he sets a few more records the rest of his rookie season.