Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens shares a preseason play where Cam Newton had an easy check-down but nearly ends his NFL career.
There are more similarities between Carson Wentz and Cam Newton than either quarterback and Tom Brady. Although one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, Brady has no value as a runner and his improvisational acumen has far more physical limitations.
Brady is also a wiser player than either option and I value that above all else. One of Newton’s influences was Steve McNair and McNair developed into a wise player who took advantage of his check downs.
Despite the Panthers supplying Newton with a fantastic satellite weapon, Newton’s game hasn’t matured enough. This week, Newton egregiously overlooked that weapon and nearly ended his career.
Some no-throw decisions are bad ones. This one above is a perfect example. As big, strong, and fast as Newton is, he lacks running back agility, pad level, and finishing skill that will protect him from punishment. Christian McCaffrey possesses all of these skills and had a 10-yard head start if Newton flicked the ball at the opportune time.
If Newton wants to become more efficient and force opponents to cover his teammates to open the field for easier runs, he better learn to delegate. Otherwise, he’ll continue raising the odds of a career-ending injury with runs like this.
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