Cam Newton: Sophomore Slump?

For the first time in quite some time the Carolina Panthers are making not only local headlines, but national headlines. Ryan Kalil certainly helped make that happen by taking out a full page ad in the Charlotte Observer guaranteeing a trip to the Super Bowl this season. However, the primary reason for the national exposure is Cam Newton.

Everyone is asking the question, will Cam Newton have a sophomore slump? My answer without any doubt, is no. The reason I believe this, Cam was able to participate in OTA's and has a full training camp to prepare for the upcoming season. We all saw what he did last season with limited time to prepare for the season, there is no reason to doubt that his numbers will only get better in 2012.

Rod Chudzinski has implemented some new looks for Cam Newton and the Panthers offense so they are not as predictable as they may have been in 2011. Though it seemed the Panthers didn't need help with play makers, they signed Mike Tolbert to create a three-headed monster in the backfield and recently traded for Louis Murphy from the Oakland Raiders. You do the math, Steve Smith, Brandon Lafell, David Gettis, Louis Murphy, Kealoha Pilares, Joe Adams, Greg Olsen, Gary Barnidge, Johnathon Stewart, and Mike Tolbert are all options to receive passes by Cam Newton this season.

So let's get down to the question that all fantasy football gurus want to know, when do I draft Cam Newton? My prediction is Cam's ADP will be in the fourth round, so draft him in the third round. Cam should be in the top ten as far as QB's are drafted in each league behind Rodgers, Brady, Brees, P. Manning, Rivers, Ryan, E. Manning, Vick, and Schaub. These QB's I have being drafted ahead of Newton in order. If I were you, once I see Rivers taken off the board, that's the time to snag Cam.

As my first article for Pigskin Boss I want to wish everyone luck this season in their fantasy leagues. I am excited for everyone's questions, opinions, and criticism as the season progresses.

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