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Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

Posted on: May 15, 2011 3:53 pm
Edited on: May 15, 2011 5:32 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit

The motif of post-draft quarterback analysis this offseason has been, How will the rookie signal-callers learn their first NFL system if there are no offseason team activities?

Of all the rookie quarterbacks, Cam Newton’s mental develoK. Dorsey (US Presswire)pment will be followed the closest. The No. 1 overall pick and highest-profile NCAA player in 2010 has drawn scrutiny for his unproven football IQ (remember Newton telling Jon Gruden before the draft about Auburn’s playbook being number-coded?).

In continuing that scrutiny, we pass along the report from Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer that Newton is learning his playbook at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL with the help of former NFL quarterbacks Chris Weinke and Ken Dorsey.

Weinke, you recall, played for the Panthers. Dorsey may not be as snazzy a mentor as Brett Favre, but his contributions are noteworthy because he played for current Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski at the University of Miami (and briefly in Cleveland, as well). Thus, Dorsey knows most of Carolina’s new offensive system.

“It’s a lot of material that I do not know, but each day I’m going in and learning something,” Newton told the Associated Press. “So by the time . . . the lockout is lifted and I get a chance to talk to Chudzinski and (QB coach Mike) Shula and meet back up with the team, I’ll be on top of my game.”

Newton recently told reporters that he’s putting in 12-hour days at the IMG Academy.

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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2011 9:13 pm

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

Why are the Panthers only hiring QBs who played at Florida colleges? I think they could do alot better if they didn't limit themselves geographically. How about some guys who actually had productive NFL careers. Gino Torreta went to Miami and he is head and shoulders above Weinke and Dorsey. Oh wait...he isn't much better. OK, hire Steve Young or Rich Gannon. They know what it takes to be a successful QB. 

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: May 15, 2011 9:12 pm

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

Former busts working with future busts.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 9:10 pm

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

I don't think he can cut it as an nfl QB but I give him credit for working hard to see he will be prepared as he can.  I wish him well

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 8:20 pm

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

Weinke and Dorsey? LOL.

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: May 15, 2011 7:39 pm

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

All you cry babies just put that race card back into the deck.  Sam Bradford was talked up and down these boards as well and what color is he?  Cam is a target because he went 1st overall, relies too much on his feet and comes from a non-NFL style college offense.  He has all the trappings of a bust, but we'll have to see for ourselves like big boys won't we?

I'm tired of the race card being thrown around like it's is a game of Three Card Monty (ooohhh, he used a racist card game,ooohh....)

Just shut your pie-holes.  The kid has got 3 seasons to prove if he can make it in the NFL.  Less if he starts hanging around Aqib Talib.

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: May 15, 2011 7:24 pm

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

This is why the lockout is bogus.  Newton is learning from Weinke and Dorsey CLEARLY on the behalf of the Panthers organization.  Newton didn't just walk down the street and pick two people at random to learn from.  Weinke played for the Panthers, do you think maybe they asked him to help Newton?  Dorsey played for the coach, do you think maybe he asked him to get Newton familiar with the system?  Right, I am sure it was just some kind of grand coincidence, but apparently there is a lockout and no one is talking with anyone.  The whole lockout is a joke.  I don't care what you think of Newton (I don't like him as a player or a person) but this story isn't about him, it's about what a giant joke this whole lockout/legal battle is.  And since I never have anything nice to say about Newton i will give him this, there is nothing legally requiring him to do any work at all because he isn't signed yet, so good for him for doing any work at all.

Since: Feb 13, 2011
Posted on: May 15, 2011 7:15 pm
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Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: May 15, 2011 6:53 pm

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

Your statement is false. The entire premise is flawed. You don't score the points they scored and have only 36 plays total. Secondly, provide a source for this. You cannot. Lastly, on pass plays he did not look one place and run. Another false hood. He ran on designed runs. On most of the pass plays called he threw the ball.

Since: Feb 13, 2011
Posted on: May 15, 2011 6:51 pm

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

where does all this, "he needs all the help he can get" BS come from. A silly video clip. It seems some of you folks are using any and everything to hide your bigotry towards this kid.

What a bunch of arrogant fools. 

Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: May 15, 2011 6:42 pm

Cam Newton working with former NFL QBs

This is shows Cam's willingness to workout and develop. He needs all the practice he can get and it doesn't matter if it is Weinke, he did have football IQ, just couldn't preform under those horrid 2001 circumstances. Newton just has to keep up the practices and hope this lockout ends soon and everything will be fine.

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