Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has landed at #1 in the NFL’s “Top 100” List, as voted on by the players themselves. Newton was ranked above New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers wide-receiver Antonio Brown, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Newton jumped an incredible 72 spots from last year’s list.
Newton’s dual-threat ability helped him produce and MVP season and lead the Panthers to the Super Bowl where they lost to the Denver Broncos. Newton is poised to return to the big game and get another crack at the Lombardi trophy.
Panthers’ quarterback coach Ken Dorsey spoke at length about Cam Newton during OTAs:
“As a quarterback, you have to focus on everything,” Dorsey told NFL.com. “If Cam only focused on his footwork, there’s decision making that gets neglected, or release-point stuff or little things. There are things that come up that we’ll stress upon, but at the same time, we’re focusing on everything, we’re coaching everything.
“I think all these guys — you learn so much through experience and you get better through experience and running your offense. I think you’re always learning something new because the game is constantly changing.”
The scary thing about Newton in 2016 is that he will have even more weapons around him, highlighted by the return of wide reciever Kelvin Benjamin
Newton spoke earlier this year about Benjamin’s return:
“We have had numerous talks, and talk every day about what we are expecting from each other.”
“Benji is coming back with a vengeance” Newton said. “And I mean it.”
Ex-Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson Fined $2.75 Million
The National Football League has announced a fine levied on former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson after finding allegations of workplace misconduct were substantiated.
Per the announcement, most of the funds from the fine will be used to support “organizations dedicated to addressing race and gender-based issues in and outside of the workplace.”
Richardson owned the Panthers from the time of their inception up until their sale earlier this year. The 81-year old announced his intention to sell the team following the scathing report from Sports Illustrated’s L. Jon Werthem and Viv Bernstein exposed sexual harassment and racism allegations against Richardson.
Panthers’ Torrey Smith Said NFL ‘dropped the ball’ With New Anthem Policy
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith is not a fan of the leagues new rule that requires players to either stand during the national anthem or stay in the locker room, saying that the league has “dropped the ball”.
Smith believes that the new policy could have a negative impact as he believes that it can lead to more problems and more protests.
“When you see reactive policy … I always think that’s a problem,” Smith said on Tuesday, according to ESPN. “Especially when the message has been changed and guys aren’t against the military and they’ve been protesting for what [Colin] Kaepernick originally started, against [police] brutality.
“It almost makes it seem like a guy like Kaepernick and Eric Reid and guys who started it originally, like what they did was in vain, like they were villains. That’s not the case.”
“You’re disappointed but not surprised,” Smith said. “At the end of the day, the league is about money, it’s a business. To try to silence those guys when they’re trying to do the right thing for our country, I don’t know what to say about it.
“It could stir things up, which is a problem. Because you’re stirring things up because you’re being told to be quiet, when it could have been done together to figure out what we can do to move forward and what would be best for the players.”
David Tepper Expected To Sign Purchase Deal For Panthers
Current Pittsburgh Steelers minority owner David Tepper is exepcted to to sign a purchase deal that will make him the new owner of the Carolina Panthers, a move that have been rumored for some time, according to ESPN’s Seth Wickersham and Adam Schefter.
The report indicates that the total sale price for the Panthers franchise will be $2.2 billion which will set a record for the highest sale price for an NFL team, surpassing the $1.4 billion pricetag that the Buffalo Bills were sold for back in 2014.
The deal would be expected to be approved at the owners meetings in Atlanta on May 22, and will need approval from the NFL financial committee and then three-fourths approval from the 32 owners to finalize.
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