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Newton impresses; "area code accuracy" a concern

Posted on: March 8, 2011 8:35 pm

Cam Newton stood around for four hours watching his Auburn teammates work out at the team's pro day Tuesday, most of the time with a backpack on and a smile on his face. As his workout progressed, the smile went away with only occasional returns, as he got to work.

He and throwing coach George Whitfield began his workout rolling out to his right, then left, keeping his shoulders square--though drifting forward a bit when running to his left, which would be into defenders during games.  He continued to show his athleticism with footwork asked to shuffle within "the pocket", keeping his focus on Whitfield while moving with short, quick shuffle steps (without crossing his legs or even narrowing his stance).

There was not much wasted footwork in three, five or seven-step drops, as Newton usually got to his plant efficiently. Dropping in workouts does not require the expediency needed during games, but his drops were not slow or lazy by any stretch--and they were much tighter than those from Arkansas Ryan Mallett during his pro day workout.

Scouts will not come away from the workout with questions about Newton's release or arm strength. The ball popped out of his hand, and his over-the-top delivery is pretty quick for a quarterback with nearly 34-inch arms. The vast majority of his throws were tight spirals (with a handful of slight wobblers), allowing them to cut through wind on cold fall days.

His trajectory on deep passes was also much better than most other quarterbacks' were at the Combine, not putting too much air underneath them to prevent safeties from getting to sideline or seam throws (and artificially inflate workout completion percentages).

The main issue scouts will have with Newton's workouts is his "area code accuracy." His intermediate comebacks and curls were on the money, as were his speed outs to either side of the field. But not every ball was planted into his receiver's numbers, with several outs and seams throws only in the vicinity of the receiver (whether high, in front of, or behind the receiver). Those deep throws, while looking nice, did not hit their targets often enough.

Newton's over-the-top delivery actually causes some of his issues, as when his weight is not transferred correctly (as happened in Indianapolis), balls will sail over the heads of his receivers. Keeping short throws low (away from defenders and preventing tipped passes) can be an issue for him, as well, because of tall delivery but he managed that feat Tuesday. 

The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner completed 50 of the 60 scripted throws, with four clearly dropped passes and a similar number of great catches to grab errant throws, while wearing shorts and facing no defense.

Others had completed more passes, like 2010 number one pick Sam Bradford (49-50), in their workout. But nobody should expect Newton to have Bradford's accuracy--few passers do.  All Newton needed to do was show enough improvement from the Combine to encourage teams looking to add his athleticism and strong arm to their roster that he can move the ball effectively from the pocket at the next level.

And he did just that.

--Chad Reuter

Category: NFL Draft
Tags: Newton, Pro Day

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:25 pm

Newton impresses; "area code accuracy" a concern

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:06 pm
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Since: Jan 20, 2010
Posted on: March 10, 2011 4:04 am

Newton impresses; "area code accuracy" a concern

fla you sound like a damned fool who has no idea what he's talking about.  YOU JUST POST.  'deemed acceptable' indeed.


Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2011 8:05 pm

Newton impresses; "area code accuracy" a concern

He's going to be a bust.  No question about it. 

Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2011 5:19 pm

Newton impresses; "area code accuracy" a concern

If i was i head coach  i wouldn't draft him as a QB. you miss ten passes on wide outs that you played with more then a dozen times. thats terriable. i cant wait for draft day to come to see the loser get drafted by a team and then laugh at the team that does.

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2011 4:52 am

Newton impresses; "area code accuracy" a concern

funny but i read on another site he wasnt that impressive. in fact one scout said he was terrible. he was 50-60 and on your own pro day workout with your own reciever and if you miss a couple of passes its only deemed acceptable. he missed more than a couple. keep trying to coverup his lack of qb skills cbs. when he leaves the suc conference your coverup for everything he did will be complete including trying to tell us hes a top nfl qb is laughable and you can go on to the next suc star crook while pretending another conference is so bad and targeting any coach in another league for the coverup of your own site who pays your salary.  keep pretending "your" conference's collection of mafia work that includes saban, spurrier, miles, chizik and others dont know that their players arent $caming the ncaa.  
he is no more of an nfl qb than the last one you spent years trying to pimp on us

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2011 11:26 pm

Newton impresses; "area code accuracy" a concern

Wow!  Cameron Newton brought out the big boys!!!!  His accuracy is scary considering he only was off 6 times out of fifthy as 4 were clear drops.  Compared him Bradford but Sam only threw it 50 times.  What's intriguing is Denver's interest considering they ust drafted Tebow.  I have told many, Newton is a rare breed that only comes along once in a lifetime and any time that passes him up will be absolutely dumb!  If Carolina picks him, they will have a nice season just like that becasue Newton is already ten times better than Clausen.

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2011 9:24 pm

Newton impresses; "area code accuracy" a concern

Heisman winner, good athlete, poor passer.  As we learned last year, it only takes one genius (McDaniels) to fall in love with a prospect (Tim Tebow) to make him a millionaire.  Will it happen again? 

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