"Watch this footwork," Rivera said.
In team drills, Newton takes a five-step drop and quickly delivers an 18-yard strike to first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin on a deep dig route, hitting the wide receiver on the proper shoulder. Next, Newton takes a five-step drop and goes through his progressions, working right and then all the way back to the far left, hitting Benjamin again on a sideline route. The entire drive is clean and crisp.
"Watch this here," Rivera said as Newton barks for tight end Ed Dickson to shift before the snap. "He's getting the guy lined up. A year ago, he wouldn't have done this.
"But it is his mechanics. They are so much better, his footwork is better and his decision making much better. You sit here and watch him and that is most interesting."
Luck puts a nice touch on the ball, and can lob it nicely with precision right over a defender. Cam hasn't really developed that side of his passing game. He most throws rockets, and it's not unusual for him to throw a pass so far off the mark that fans will do a double take. Cam will also go long stretches (more than 1 quarter) where he doesn't throw a good pass. Luck imo is more consistent. I would give the edge to Luck in passing, and Cam in running. Let me be clear, drafting Cam is the best thing that ever happened to the Panthers. His ability to scramble, run the read option, avoid sacks, and make all the pro throws makes him the best QB we've ever had, and one of the best QBs in the NFL. I'm thrilled he's our QB, but he does have some serious flaws.
Luck throws some weird balls at times too. Every QB does.