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From Successful Pro Bowl Experiment to Successful Offseason: Helping Cam Newton

I realize that the Pro Bowl has never been a very good source of information other than what the weather is like in Honolulu, but I think this one was a little different than years past. This year was filled with young and hungry players, and even the vets took advantage of being able to play full speed against teammates. The players gave an exceptional amount of effort, allowing us to see the most extreme version of pass rush vs. pass happy offense possible. It gave us an example of what Cam would look like with very good weapons, while still providing the type of pressure he will face if we don't address our offensive line properly. May Cam's go-to "Spin Left" move RIP.

Cam didn't look good today, but I wish he would've gotten his playing time anywhere but the 2nd and 3rd quarter. A few players decided to take the 3rd quarter off and it got pretty frustrating to everyone watching the game. Plays got sloppy, blocks were missed, Cam fumbled a snap, and whatever offensive mojo each team had at the start of the game had regressed into a dead cold stall. As noted in the game, Cam was chided in his first Pro Bowl as trying to hard but now seemed to be taking heat for not playing hard enough. He didn't really change up his snap count, attempt to scramble pass the line of scrimmage, or even try to throw the ball away on sacks. That being said, 2 of those 3 I was happy to see.

Where Luck and Foles threw TDs; Cam got drops, mishandled receptions, and fumbles. It left him dumping it to Alfred Morris on almost every play following his TD run. He didn't handle pressure well at all, but every QB was getting abused. No QB looked particularly good this game, even the Neckbearded Messiah Andrew Luck and Drew Breesus.

Green would've gotten beamed in the back of the helmet had he not seen the safety coming, Cameron had both hands on the ball in the endzone and just dropped it, and somehow DJax's 7-8 yard catch and run fumble turned into a Cam Newton interception. Dez Bryant had a tough drop for a 4th down TD, but I'm not going to blame him for not catching a back shoulder throw on a slant.

Cam still has a lot to work on, but it was cool to see Cam actually have weapons to throw to and what type of receiver he liked best. It looked like he was into DJax and his speed at the start, but as the game went on it seemed like the best receiver we could get for Cam is a strong handed guy that's super aggressive at going to get the ball in the air, like Dez Bryant. He's going to put his receivers in some jams, but he will put the ball on them, and hit them in the hands. To me, this is going to devalue a guy who relies on fundamentals to get open and make plays; While increasing the value on the athletes of this receiving draft class. I'm liking Benjamin and Robinson a little more than Jordan Matthews if we go that way in the first.

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