Here are a couple quotes:
"One thing I didn't like about last season is that I wanted to go about it myself," he says. "I had the approach that I'm the only one this has happened to. Like I was the first one that people talked about or had doubts about. It wasn't the first time, and it won't be the last time. So I had to get over it. For me to come out of it and be able to talk to people, veterans in this league — 'What would you have done?' — has been helpful to me."
Newton says he has sought advice from teammates, including Kalil, tackle Jordan Gross and much-targeted wide receiver Steve Smith.
He went outside the team for input, too, with his circle of influence including Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
"For him to take time out of his day to talk, text and make himself available to me is unreal," Newton says. "People who know Ray know that if you give him five minutes of your life he can change it."
Since being drafted, Newton has become extremely tight with Smith, the 12-year veteran who revitalized his career last season. Smith caught 46 passes for 554 yards in 2010 and then rebounded with a 79-catch, 1,394-yard campaign with Newton.
During the lockout last year, they worked out together. And as they have gotten to know each other, they have had their share of fiery debates.
"He hates to lose and hates to be wrong," Smith says. "So there are some intriguing conversations between us, because I hate to be wrong, too."