Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is focused heading into the start of the 2013 season, but he's not focused on chasing the big contracts that we've seen other franchise quarterbacks get this offseason.
Cam Newton just wants to win.
When asked about QB contracts, Cam replied that the only thing on his mind is a three-letter word: win.— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) July 26, 2013
Newton is preparing to start his third year in the league, and it's important for him to take a leadership role for the team he's been tasked with saving from the mires of mediocrity.
According to one of his teammates, he has already shown signs of that leadership:
Mike Tolbert on development of Cam Newton: "I definitely see a change in him from last year at this time to this year...— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) July 26, 2013
...He’s more vocal. He takes more command, as you think a franchise quarterback would."— Steve Reed (@SteveReedAP) July 26, 2013
Of course, it's only the first day of camp and everyone would be expected to say things like that about the franchise quarterback, but if Cam really has started to take the reigns of this team, then we should see great things from him this season.
While Cam is taking on more of a leadership role, that doesn't mean he thinks he's the only leader on the roster.
Newton: "Everyone has a microphone on this team. We have leaders, but anyone can talk and tell others to step up."— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) July 26, 2013
It sounds to me like he's ready to make the leap from "quarterback who makes amazing plays and looks good on a highlight reel" to "franchise quarterback". If his focus and desire to win translates to better performances on the field in critical moments and he starts the 2013 season the same way he closed the 2012 campaign, then the rest of the NFL should be officially on notice that Superman is in the building.
What do you think, Panthers fans? Is Cam Newton ready to take over as leader of the Panthers? Sound off in the comments section with your thoughts.
Stay tuned to CSR as we continue to update the state of the Panthers from training camp.