Cam Newton: Panthers Quarterback Ranked as 100th Best Offensive Player

Aug 9, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) while playing against the Chicago Bears at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN has started a new series listing the top 100 offensive and defensive players in the NFL – in two separate lists – chosen by experts from the site.

The first installment of the rankings was released on Monday, and there was a surprise at 100. Carolina Panthers third-year quarterback is ranked at #100 on the list, which seems a bit low at first glance.

On the list of players 100-91, Newton is behind quarterbacks Matt Stafford and Jay Cutler, two players who are in the same discussion as Newton as a quarterback, but had Newton been ranked higher than either of the two, it wouldn’t have been a surprise.

ESPN’s explanation for the pick states:

In two seasons, Newton has 62 total touchdowns (40 passing and 22 rushing). The only player in NFL history with more total touchdowns over his first two seasons is Dan Marino. Newton does take a beating though, getting hit on 25 percent of his rushes and drop-backs in 2012 (no other player was over 20 percent; NFL average is 12 percent).
– ESPN Stats & Information (@ESPNStatsInfo)

Through two NFL seasons, Newton has already established himself as one of the most dynamic players in the league.

If ESPN lists another Top 100 list next year, expect Newton to be ranked higher than 100.

Topics: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, ESPN, NFL, Panthers

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  • Catman

    ….so ESPN is blaming Newton for the hits he takes due to the play call and the offensive line issues? Seems like they don’t do much critical thinking! Cam was rated around #44 or so in NFL Network’s list…then again, they left Saints’ TE Jimmy Graham completely! Nice post though, Kyle!

  • ahrcshaw

    I guess we need to get a bigger market b/4 any of our players will get any ackknowledgment from the national media. I really hope Cam and Shula make them eat their words and then not give them any interviews. I guess we get not respect. Go Panthers.

  • KD

    The second I saw this, I died laughing. This list is pathetic!!!

  • Jonathan Smith

    If cam reads my comment I just wanna say its ok bud the NFL hate the Carolina panthers but its good just don’t give the media any views then they well have some thing to talk about in cam at top 100 out of all the sorry in suck players that’s before him now that’s some thing to laugh at cam is so much better then what they ranked him if you guys or so called experts why is cam at 100 your fakes in jealous people

  • ahrcshaw

    I would hope that Cam would get angry and want to show these reporter how well he can play, that would be a good thing for the Panthers. One day the media is saying Cam needs some help at receiveing, the next he is not good enough. It is just like all the other media outlets. Go Panthers.