HONOLULU, HI - JANUARY 29: Ace Boogie (Cam Newton) #1 of the Carolina Panthers just having fun...
I'm sure you remember that QB Cam Newton could not workout with the Panthers last summer because of the lock out, no player could. Cam Newton didn't use that as an excuse to take the summer off, he instead worked out for 7 weeks with former Panther QB Chris Weinke who remains in awe of what the rookie QB accomplished last season:
“Was I like everybody else, a little surprised at what he was able to accomplish?’’ Weinke said. “Yeah, history shows rookie quarterbacks struggle. I know that as well as anybody.’’
Weinke knows the struggles of rookie QBs from experience. So when he started working with Newton on the parts he thought Newton would struggle with, the classroom part, he was instead impressed. Now we've heard this story before I believe but Weinke seems to provide a little more detail this time around, after the jump...
“What I found from Day 1 with that guy is he’s unbelievable in the classroom,’’ Weinke said. “I tell this story all the time. The first day I got him in the classroom and we started installing their offense. I go over personnel groups, formations, concepts and protections. Then, we went out on the field and we did some fundamental work and went over some of the concepts and did all the footwork. We came back in after and I put 30 questions up on the board and quizzed him. Thirty for 30. From Day 1, I knew this kid was going to be special.’’
To be clear Weinke did not say Newton would be special right out of the gate, which he admits in this next quote. But was certainly a fan of the player after that 7 weeks:
“To me, I knew he was going to have more success than people probably thought he would,’’ Weinke said. “But to accomplish what he accomplished? No, I can’t quite say I expected that. I can tell you this about him. He wants to be great. He does not just want to be good. He’s not going to rest on his laurels. At the end of the day, he’s always going to try to find a way to get better.’’