Carolina Panthers QB is more determined than ever to elevate his game next season.
Cam Newton has vowed to improve his own game in 2013, as the third year pro has seen the emergence of the young mobile Quarterbacks as a wake up call to hi own career.
Newton himself blew the league away in his rookie year with Carolina, setting records for most rookie rushing yards and touchdowns, and like wise for passing yards and touchdowns. Since then however, he became a victim of the sophomore slump, and was no where near his rookie best.
Now entering his third year, Newton must prove to his team that he can take the next step in his development, and show that the team made the right choice in picking him number one overall in 2011.
Speaking on ESPN.com, the Panthers signal caller has said the emergence of young QB’s have motivated him to do better.
“I’m a fan of those guys. Colin Kaepernick, I got an opportunity to know him well; we were roommates at the combine when we were coming out. RGIII, he’s won the Heisman. Andrew Luck — those guys came in this league and took it by storm. Am I envious? No,” Newton said.
“If anything it challenges me to get better and just remember about this league that if you’re not getting better, you’re getting forgotten.”
The 23-year old shown glimpses of brilliance in his career, and there is no doubt that he does have the ability to lead this team to a more come competitive finish in 2013.
He also understands however that the media spotlight is no longer on him as it was once, and he must improve fast if he does not want to be overtaken by players younger than him.