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Cam Newton compiles record yardage but is far from perfect

September 19, 2011 | 12:45 pm


Cam Newton continues to compile impressive statistics as the Carolina Panthers' rookie quarterback -- impressive, that is, if the main stat you're interested in is passing yards.

Otherwise, he came back down to earth a bit during Sunday's 30-23 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Newton passed for more than 400 yards for the second week in a row -- that's the entirety of his NFL career -- and set a rookie record with his 432 yards. According to the NFL, Newton's 854 yards are the most ever in the first two games of a career.

That's impressive, no question about it.

But the defending Super Bowl champs also forced Newton into throwing three interceptions, including two that led to Green Bay field goals during a disastrous third quarter for the Panthers.The reigning  Heisman Trophy winner now has more interceptions (four) than passing touchdowns (three).

Not as impressive.

But overall Newton is performing better than most people expected. Particularly for a rookie who had to start from Day 1 after being locked out with the rest of the NFL most of the off-season.

And if he can somehow turn those passing stats into wins for the Panthers ... now that would be impressive.


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Photo: Carolina rookie quarterback Cam Newton rolls out against Green Bay. Credit: Bob Donnan / US Presswire