During the 2015 NFL season, Cam Newton was on top of the world. The star quarterback led the Carolina Panthers to a 15-1 regular season record and the franchise’s second Super Bowl appearance while winning the league’s Most Valuable Player award.
Newton finished the 2015 season with 45 touchdowns (35 passing, 10 rushing) and a career-best 99.4 passer rating. He passed for 3,837 yards and rushed for 636 yards as part of the NFL’s highest-scoring offense (31.3 points per game).
Since then, Newton’s play has declined significantly. Over the past two seasons, he has totaled 52 touchdown’s (41 passing, 11 rushing) and 30 interceptions while posting passer ratings of 75.8 and 80.7 for a middling Panthers offense that has averaged 22.9 points over its past 32 regular season games.
Newton has also battled injuries over the past two seasons. He missed one game after suffering a concussion during the 2016 season and had surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff on his throwing shoulder the following offseason. Still, he missed just the one game and has missed just three games in his seven-year NFL career.
If the Panthers hope to make another deep playoff run, they certainly need a bounce-back season from their signal caller. This year, Newton entered training camp healthy and looking to lead his team to its first NFC South title in three seasons.
Here are three reasons Newton will bounce back in 2018.
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