Where Does Cam Newton Go From Here?

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Jeremy the first line of your story is he can't go out like this. It's kind of crazy to me that that is even being said about Cam. Newton in the first place if you look at the situation with the Carolina Panthers and Cam Newton a the guy that called Superman of former. MVP It's just hard to make sense of it. ESPN NFL writer. Jeremy Fowler has spent the last few weeks reporting on Cam Newton's future going into the season. If you told me Cam Newton would potentially be on the way out of Carolina and there will be this big mess I would not by any stretch have believed you before we get into do the confluence of factors that led us to this moment. Explain why it's so unusual to even be having a conversation like this about a quarterback quarterback like Newton. It is crazy because he changed the game. This is a guy that was bred to be a winner from his days at Auburn he won the national championship number. One overall pick set rookie records for total yards goes on to win and MVP in two thousand fifteen three different seasons of ten or more wins and everything was lined up for this guy to be a top five top ten quarterback for the next fifteen twenty years the lineup. What an improvisational play by Cam? Newton he altered the way. We look at the style of the quarterback quarterback position. Because we've seen running quarterbacks before but this is a guy who's flipping into the end zone quarterback he's making making the superman sign with his arms after scoring and you know he was such an imposing figure that he looked like a combination of a pass rusher linebacker and a running back coming at you full speed and the whole mack truck. That was something that the League really hadn't seen even before my goodness this is the NFL. You're not supposed to be able to do that. And then there was the off field appeal. This is a guy who show up to his press conferences like it was a fashion show. He's got the a bedazzled hats glasses being able to be orally gifted something that I think master to a degree. I I mean this is a guy that we couldn't take is off of whether he was on the field or off it. Do you think his style of football in some some ways impacted his body in a way that led us to this point it has to be a factor. I mean we're talking about a guy who's taken eleven hundred hundred plus hits since two thousand eleven and more than half of those at been in the last four years since around two thousand fifteen. It's more than Russell Wilson. More than any other guy. Things Ziff piled up on them as a result he was all about power shear power that was part of what made him so great. He did bulldoze the open-field he could run for the thirty yards and so just the pounding as a result has clearly affected where he is now so the first few years of camps career sort of builds towards this magical season in two thousand honey fifteen he's the MVP and it all leads up to the Super Bowl and what should have been a high point for him ended up being low one the panthers lose and perhaps unfairly the indelible memory for a lot of people is the fumble. He failed to recover. Do you think that game changed perceptions of him will it stripped him of his invincibility one personnel exact told me the Denver took his Superman Cape. They took it away and he was never the the same after that. And that's probably unfair as it's one game on the biggest stage but you know Denver played them a certain way where they kept hitting them. The seven secs comes out of the hands on the ground and still on the ground picked up by. Jj Line and since then came sense of some really good moments elements. But it's been a little hit or miss even on the field when he is in the lineup and so it was a turning point for a career that was at a wildly high trajectory. At that point you know you're talking about not only MVP season but he could get into the end zone. Whenever he wanted that year? It was just. He played a pretty much flawless season. And then and it also changed after that game so that super bowl is kind of a turning point for Cam than what happened last season in two thousand eighteen last season he was a potential. MVP candidate after the first eight or so weeks. The panthers are sitting at six into Newton. Looks Great Nineteen total touchdowns. You know he's rushing but he's also being patient in the pocket making throws so. This was a team that was on the rise and was sort of Recapturing maybe the magic. They had a couple of years earlier for that Super Super Bowl run so it was nothing but promising at that point an annual in early November. You go to Pittsburgh go to Heinz field. You're thinking this'll be another turning point for your season and then Tj Awa- comes off the blindside. He knocks Cam Newton. He runs right into that right shoulder into the turf he had already been on the injury report with a shoulder injury. They didn't think of a series of that time but watts shot clearly reaggravated things to the point where by the end of the year. He was struggling to throw the ball. Forty forty five yards. It was pretty ugly out there right. I mean he wasn't pulled but I remember. They stopped using him for Hail Marys N. It became apparent that something was deeply wrong saw. I saw that throw by CAM it. It didn't reach the end zone. landed a good fifteen yards short of the goal line. This is a guy that could throw sixty five yards on a rope and so they're taking them out and put Taylor Heinecke of all people to throw a deep ball. I mean you know. There couldn't have been a deeper foreshadow for maybe the problems that were rising with Cam Newton's future all right so he ends up shutting it down for the last two games of that two thousand eighteen season and in the off season as in he has some shoulder surgery but by the time this season starts it seems like he has recovered and things are looking optimistic again for Cham. How does the twenty nine thousand nine season actually begin for him? Throwing the ball. He looked pretty. Tentative no touchdown passes in the first two weeks he didn't really look as comfortable as he normally. Does you that. You can win games with them but certainly not an MVP level that they're used to so after the panthers second game against the Bucks it's revealed that Cam has some kind of foot foot injury but nobody really knows what's going on right. There's a lot of mystery around the injury and then all of a sudden can't puts out this fifteen minute youtube video here. We go here we we are just record. I want to be brutally honest. The video Was Him basically chillan in a hat and glasses. And he's in like this leather black chair. He opens up about his foot injury. As I'm about to jog dog around. I realize I feel like I'm in the game but it's like something. Something's missing bizarre. But it's it was good that he came on spoke about it and try to provide some clarity and in that video he basically said got hurt in the preseason Kurt the foot against the Patriots this is where I got him away because automatically. I thought I got play we. I can't let my fans down. He basically told coaches. Hey I'm good I'm all good. You know I'm Superman I can. I can continue to play and then once we to hit he reaggravated injury injury. What happened is with his foot? Is You have metatarsal bones. And they separate from the base of the FA. That's a list rank injury but if it's a really bad separation or some sort of break than usually need surgery cam has not had that yet which pretends everybody to believe that. He's got a sprain but a pretty really bad one and it just hasn't healed yet but he doesn't want to have surgery if I'm able to get the time all for me to heal and get back to a one hundred percent is it. Then I have no doubt in my mind everything that we won't as a team can still be accomplished. He made clear in the video that I need to go away and get back to what I was. And that's -nificant anytime a player says that that means they're out that doesn't mean they're going to rush back to play and so he basically new I think at that point I was GonNa shut it down

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