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Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

Posted on: July 2, 2011 8:05 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2011 9:09 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Cam Newton has a tough task ahead of him once the lockout's resolved -- he has to learn the entirety of Rob Chudzinski's insanely complex offense, and do so in a short amount of time.

But he's been working with some former NFL quarterbacks, including Chris Weinke, and it appears to be paying huge dividends for the rookie out of Auburn.

According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, these sessions have featured detailed learning of the Panthers' playbook, "about 90 percent of which Weinke has installed."

Essentially, Newton's mimicking the practices he'd be getting in the lost offseason by getting a play from Weinke, calling out the play like he was in the huddle, going through each play's cadence at the line of scrimmage, and then slinging passes to whatever receivers are there.


Per Person, some recent attendees include Michael Clayton, Alex Smith, Titus Young and a "couple small-college receivers."

Following the throws, Weinke and former Chudzinski protégé Ken Dorsey -- who we'd also mentioned as a Newton tutor -- make suggestions as to how Newton can improve his mechanics and individual tweaks and designs for each play that's being run.

"He wants to be great," Weinke said.

Newton probably does want to be great -- the issue will be whether or not he's capable of recreating the success he had at Auburn once he gets on the field for the Panthers.

But given how unsettled the NFL's situation is right now, it's pretty darn impressive to see Newton maximizing his offseason, especially when there's no enforced motivation to do so.

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Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2011 9:44 pm

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

I know Carolina's playbook too. Its run up the middle on first down. Sack for 15 yard loss on second down. Draw play on third down. Punt on fourth. Repeat.

Just kidding, those were the day's of ole. I'm actually very excited to hear this about Cam.

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2011 9:34 pm

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

This has completely changed my opinion of Cam as a person and a potential bust.  I am very impressed with his work ethic.  He's a true scholar of the game ala Peyton Manning. However, I'm not entirely convince these practices are representative of a real NFL game, when he will have to wear a helmet and pads and use a regulation size football, and he won't be wearing sunglasses and using a toy football as he has been in training and in the photo above.

Since: Oct 21, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2011 8:19 pm

Newton knows 90 percent of Panthers' playbook?

Thats great. And Ponder's been working with Weinke for a while too. Im glad they're getting some practice in. Does this mean Gabbert and Locker are officially behind?

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