5 prospects on offense Panthers should monitor at Senior Bowl
By Dean Jones
Jamie Newman – QB (Georgia)
It came as something of a surprise that Jamie Newman opted-out of the 2020 season after transferring to Georgia from Wake Forest. The quarterback decided it was better to focus his attention on the NFL Draft rather than take his chances on the field, which might have hurt his stock with other players at the position shining throughout the campaign.
That being said, Newman has the chance to benefit more than most from a strong showing at Mobile. The Carolina Panthers will be watching his progress extremely closely as they look to put some sort of long-term plan in place regarding their signal-caller.
Teddy Bridgewater is entering the offseason with plenty of speculation about his future. His lack of production in close games and down the stretch was deeply concerning and it appears Carolina is keen to bring in some additional competition in plenty of time for OTAs and training camp.
Newman is one of the real enigmas of this year’s class. He has some eye-catching arm strength and possesses the sort of dual-threat ability at the position that could be of some use in special packages before he is ready to assume a starting job.
His accuracy is one concerning element, with pocket awareness another thing Newman will need to work on once he gets to the pros. However, the quarterback comes into the league with an intriguing physical skill set and this will be something Matt Rhule and others get to see first hand at the Senior Bowl.