As we've seen for three straight weeks there are times Cam Newton gets caught in the backfield and looks dead to rights only to escape and make a play. There's an element to his game where it seems he can will things to happen, never giving up on the second or third attempt. So it seems apropos after the public's best efforts to keep Cam Newton from receiving accolades that he now manages to earn rookie of the month when the vote is taken away from the masses. The NFL has named your Carolina Panthers starting quarterback Cam Newton as rookie of the month for the month of September.
Granted, I understand I sound a little bitter here because, well, I am. There is absolutely no tangible excuse Newton should have been denied twice already on rookie of the week honors. Despite putting forth a historic, record breaking game in week one Newton was outvoted in favor of Randall Cobb's 2 reception, 35 yard gain- sure, he had a kickoff return for a TD too... but give me a break. In week two Newton broke his own record, not even 10 days old; sure he threw some interceptions, but he was again denied by Raiders rookie Denarius Moore- I'll admit, Moore probably deserved it week two, but Panthers fans can still make the argument.
That being said, this isn't about the past, but rather the future. When NFL fans as a whole had Cam Newton in the backfield, dead to rights trying to block him winning an award he did went a different direction and couldn't be denied. For the month of September no rookie came remotely close to Cam. After the jump we'll see what our rookie QB did to win the award.
Tip of the hat to MMA_PITBULL for his fanshot last night
- Rookie record for passing yards in a debut (422, week one)
- Most passing yards in a single game by a rookie (437, week two)
- 6th Quarterback in NFL history to pass for back-to-back 400 yard games (weeks one and two)
- Only rookie to ever pass for back-to-back 400 yard games to start a career (weeks one and two)
- Reached 1,000 yards passing faster than any rookie QB (Week three)
- Current statistics: 70/117 (59.8%), 1,012 yard, 4 TD, 4 INT- Rating of 85.1