Through eight games in the 2018 season, the Carolina Panthers looked like one of the best teams in the NFC. Then, the Panthers lost their Week 9 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers—going 1-7 after that.
The fall of the Panthers was mind-boggling after how impressive they looked for the first half of the season. An injury to Cam Newton derailed the season completely—with him requiring surgery this offseason to his shoulder.
The injury occurred earlier in the season but caused his play on the field to deteriorate. Newton said he “felt scared” when it came to his shoulder injury—knowing he couldn’t throw the ball as far as he once could.
The injury itself feels eerily similar to Andrew Luck’s shoulder injury. Luck missed a whole season because of the injury—although, David Tepper (Panthers owner) didn’t rule out Newton missing the 2019 season.
Don’t fret Panthers fans, it seems like Newton will return to the field in 2019. Hopefully, the Panthers quarterback can return to his MVP form in the coming season.
Here are three way-to-early bold predictions for Cam Newton in 2019.
3. Less Than 10 Interceptions
One of the problems that has lingered with Newton in his career is interceptions. In his eight-year career, Newton has totaled 107 interceptions and has had more than 10 of them in every season.
Despite the injury to his throwing shoulder, Newton will be smarter with the football in 2019. Newton will throw less than 10 interceptions for the first time in his career next season.
The Panthers have lacked weapons around Newton but Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel, and Greg Olsen are up to the task. Carolina could look to add to their arsenal during the NFL Draft.
Newton will be working to get back to being one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL again.
He can take a step forward by limiting his turnovers and improving his ability to throw inside the pocket.
2. Newton Will Throw 4,500+ Yards
The phenomenon surrounding Newton is that he can be a threat through the air and on the ground. It also helps that Newton is built like a tall running back who isn’t afraid of contact.
If Newton hopes to remain healthy for the future, he will have to protect himself as much possible. As a result, Newton will see more opportunities to throw the ball on offense.
In eight seasons in the NFL, Newton’s career-high in passing yards in a single season is 4,051 yards. That came in 2011—Newton’s rookie season.
Newton will come back after a devastating injury to throw the most passing yards that he has in his career.
With Norv Turner calling plays and the dynamic weapons around him this is absolutely possible.
1. Newton Will Have Less Than 100 Rushing Attempts
There’s no doubt that Newton’s best weapon is his legs. Since his days at Auburn, Newton has been able to create plays with his legs and run through defenders.
The only negative that comes with the Panthers quarterback running the ball, is that injuries can happen more often. After a serious injury to his shoulder last season, Newton will need to protect himself to prolong his career.
Throughout his career, Newton has averaged 116 rushing attempts in every season. There’s only been one season that the mobile quarterback has ran it 100 times—90 times in 2016.
Newton will do it once again in 2019 to help prevent injury and further his game through the air. Of course, Newton can’t completely eliminate the threat of running it, it’s what makes him Superman.
It’s going to be exciting to see Newton persevere and return to his elite form in the upcoming season.
Panthers fans should be excited as well to see their MVP quarterback step back on the field.