Panthers' 2014 Final Report Card: Quarterback

Over the next week, PantherInsider.com will be handing out their final report card grades to key players at each position. The first article in this series will take a look at the quarterback position.

Cam Newton

2014 Stats: 262 completions, 448 attempts, 3127 passing yards, 12 interceptions, 539 rushing yards, 23 total touchdowns

Best Game: Week 14 at New Orleans

Worst Game: Week 9 versus New Orleans

Notes: This season has been incredibly challenging for Cam Newton starting with him trying to come back from ankle surgery in the offseason. He overcame that and looked ready to start the year right but suffered a rib injury in preseason that forced him to miss the season opener. He once again overcame an obstacle and got onto the field. When things finally started to look like they were heading in the right direction, coming off an impressive performance against the Saints in Week 14, Newton suffered a back injury in a car accident. Even with all the obstacles put in front of him, Newton was able to help get this team into the playoffs and earned his first playoff win.

The numbers this season for Newton did drop from 2013 however with all the injuries he dealt with this year the fact that he had over 3,100 passing yards and 23 total touchdowns in 14 regular season games is rather impressive. The one area that continues to cause Newton problems is turnovers. For him to take that next step as a top tier quarterback he will need to learn not to force passes and if the play isn’t there to get rid of the ball and move on to the next play.

Final Grade: B+

 

Derek Anderson

2014 Stats: 65 completions, 97 attempts, 701 passing yards, 5 touchdowns, 0 interceptions

Best Game: Week 15 vs. Tampa Bay

Worst Game: None

Notes: Entering 2014, Derek Anderson had thrown a total of four passes in the regular season as a member of the Carolina Panthers. With all the injuries Newton had to battle this year, it opened up an opportunity for Anderson to still prove he has what it takes to be an NFL quarterback. He finished the season with a record of 2-0 and helped keep the Panthers playoff hopes alive when he started against the Bucs in Week 15. At the very least Anderson proved this year that if Newton has to miss any kind of time the Panthers have a great option waiting to step in.

Final Grade: A

 


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