On Wednesday night, the NFL Network revealed 10 more players in their Top 100 Players and Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton came in at number 73. This is much lower than a year ago when he was ranked No. 24 even though the Panthers won their first playoff game since 2005.
The 2014 season was a grind for Cam Newton who saw his team struggle to a 5-8-1 record in games that he started. He also saw almost all his stats drop from the 2013 season to the 2014 season as evident in the chart below.
|Stat||2014 Season||2013 Season|
|Yards Per Attempt||6.98||7.14|
There certainly was a number of things working against him in 2014 from an offensive line that was awful for a majority of the season and having a brand new group of wide receivers.
If these factors weren’t tough enough, Newton battled a number of injuries over the course of the year. He entered the offseason workouts recovering from ankle surgery in the offseason and then suffered a rib injury suffered in the preseason that forced him to miss the season opener.
He started to look like he was regaining his health towards the end of the regular season but then suffered a back injury in a car accident in December that forced him to miss one game.
While a 49 spot drop is pretty substantial, this should only be a temporary dip for Newton. He will be entering the 2015 season healthy with a stronger wide receiver core and an improved offensive line at his disposal.