3 key ways Cam Newton could help the Carolina Panthers in 2022
By Dean Jones
Cam Newton would bring leadership and accountability
Aside from the few weeks where Cam Newton held a roster spot in 2021, leadership and accountability were sorely lacking within the Carolina Panthers. This is something the quarterback was keen to install right out of the gate, which had a profound effect on the locker room even though it did not necessarily translate to results on the field.
Newton revealed in his exit presser that he felt that not everybody was buying into things last season. And it was obviously a far different locker room to the one he experienced before when the likes of Greg Olsen, Ryan Kalil, Luke Kuechly, and Thomas Davis were all around.
Carolina still has one of the league’s youngest rosters. Newton returning on a short-term deal would provide leadership either from a starting role or from the sidelines.
It’s been a difficult process for Newton since he was released by the Panthers in 2020. Having a full offseason to learn the playbook is something the Auburn product has not been afforded since, so it would be prudent for both parties to come to a quick arrangement if this scenario comes to fruition.
At the very least, Newton would provide another alpha presence and make sure everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet. An essential commodity in any NFL team.