Newton and Mayfield share many similarities.
When the Carolina Panthers take on the Cleveland Browns Sunday, there will be many similarities to be had. In particular, the quarterbacks from both teams are more alike than one may think.
First, let’s start with a more recent example. Both Baker Mayfield and Cam Newton struggled on Sunday. Mayfield went 29-of-43, throwing for 330 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions. In the meantime, Newton did not fare much better. He went 28-of-41 on the afternoon, throwing for 330 yards, two touchdowns, and four interceptions. Both of the signal-caller’s teams lost on Sunday. As many of you would like to forget, the Panthers were defeated by the Buccaneers 24-17. Mayfield and company were defeated by the Houston Texans 29-13.
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On a larger scale, both quarterbacks have played the same type of villain in the early stages of their career. Critics of Newton thought he was too boastful, too cocky, and too full of himself. Some media personalities have been known to hate Newton. Things are turning out to be the same way for Mayfield. He is often viewed as cocky, arrogant, and full of himself. The fact that he said “I woke up feeling dangerous” when talking about his performance in the team’s 28-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons back on November 12 probably didn’t endear him too many people with the exception of Top Gun fans.
Even still, you can’t deny that Mayfield is one of the most polarizing figures in the National Football League right now. The way he can move in the pocket, his accurate arm, and his leadership on the field make for fun Sunday entertainment. The same could be said about Newton. Although he may frustrate at times, his cannon arm and his ability to run with the football is exciting. There is no denying that.
You can even trace similarities with their draft stock. Both quarterbacks were number one picks. Both quarterbacks were successful in college and were hyped up to be the next great talents in the National Football League. Both quarterbacks entered the professional ranks with a bit of baggage, as their personalities and the way they conducted themselves did not sit right with many teams. Nevertheless, they ignored what people thought of them and have gone out and played football with the same passion and energy that has made people hate them. It’s just the way they are designed as competitors. If nothing else, they make the games that they are in more interesting.
Thus, it will be fun to see these two go toe-to-toe. An experienced veteran going up against a rookie stud as their respective teams try to end a losing streak. Baker Mayfield and Cam Newton are more alike than perhaps we realized. The present is meeting the future. In the process, a compelling storyline has been created.