"CAROLINA HAS devised a great offensive scheme to take advantage of Cam Newton's strengths. The Panthers run the ball with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, and they run the ball with Newton. It's a three-headed attack and pretty awesome, if you ask me.
They're going to score more points in 2012 because Newton has a year under his belt in the system. His growth will improve the numbers of the pass catchers, especially tight end Greg Olsen. Newton will know how to check down better and be able to find Olsen more. Can you tell I'm high on Newton?
Steve Smith will be Newton's go-to guy again. He may be getting old, but he can catch the ball behind the line of scrimmage and turn it into a touchdown. That's what makes him dangerous. The only issue with him is the constant concern about injury.
The other receiver, Brandon LaFell, is turning into a player. Newton got comfortable throwing to him last year, so defenses have to deal with him now. The team's drafting of Joe Adams may mean that LaFell moves to the outside in three-receiver sets.
Newton kills teams running and throwing. He's the one running the ball in the red zone now and thus is taking away carries from Williams and Stewart. Accordingly I wouldn't expect either of those backs to put up big numbers, and now they also have to deal with Mike Tolbert, who's a fullback with some running ability."