Jarring Stat That Shows Cam Newton’s Absence From NFL Is an Unexplainable Modern Mystery

Published 03/21/2023, 2:01 PM EDT

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Cam Newton has just announced his return to the NFL. That is if teams actually want him. The quarterback doesn’t exactly have the numbers on his side after missing the entirety of the 2022-23 season. And ever since his recent bragging on a social media post, some of the other worrying stats are also coming out.

The 33-year-old quarterback hasn’t been to the Pro Bowl since 2015, and last played in the postseason back in 2017. However, ‘Superman’ still believes he is better than some of the current 32 starting quarterbacks in the league. And there are many who don’t think that’s a correct assessment.

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Ever since taking the Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl in 2015, Cam Newton has been on a steady decline over years. Last having won a game back in 2020, the Auburn alum signal-caller announced that he will be throwing for NFL teams in his Alma Mater’s pro day this Tuesday.

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Tell me how these randoms keep getting jobs,” Newton said in a 54-second video shot in the middle of his wide receiver training drills. “I’m going to show you.”

 

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I can’t wait to show you. Seen a lot of people toying with the idea. And it’s official. I will be throwing at Auburn’s Pro Day. Tuesday. Ain’t 32 mother—— better than me. You dig,” the former Heisman winner added in the video. And Cam has already decided on his workout playlist for maximum results.

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The stats are not on Newton’s side

Besides missing last season, ‘Superman’ also didn’t start in the 2021 until Carolina starter Sam Darnold got injured for the last eight games. In 2020, Cam played a 7-8 losing season for the New England Patriots before losing his spot to first-round rookie Mac Jones the next year.

The more worrying numbers come about in Newton’s 85.2 career passer rating, where the 2011 draft pick ranks 51st among quarterbacks who have at least attempted 1500 passes. And when the numbers factor in the quarterbacks, who have at least thrown 1000 career attempts during the decade that Newton has played in the NFL, he ranks 43rd. This year the Panthers secured the first overall pick from the Chicago Bears, and a third stint in Carolina doesn’t look likely for Newton.

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With his 32,382 career passing yards, 194 TDs, and the most rushing touchdowns by any QB in league history, free agent Newton can still impress some franchises if someone doesn’t get what they want in the upcoming NFL draft. And this Tuesday’s session, twelve years after his first workout with the Auburn Tigers, will determine a lot about the QB’s future.

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Soumyapriyo Ganguly

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Soumyapriyo Ganguly is an NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He holds a degree in Economics and Statistics from the Indian School of Business and Finance. Rivu is a sports nerd with his favorites being Soccer, American Football, Basketball, UFC, and Formula 1.
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