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Moon thinks Panthers are sold on Cam Newton

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Despite his concerns regarding the criticism by some in the media of former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon agrees with others in the media regarding the likelihood that the Panthers will pick Newton with the first selection in the 2011 draft.

“Ron Rivera came and watched him practice the day before his Pro Day as Cam was going through his routine for the pro day and said, ‘I’ve seen all I need to see as far as him throwing a football.  I’m already convinced there.  We just need to talk to him more about who he is and get to know him a little bit better,”’ Moon told Jim Corbett of USA Today.

But no one has denied Newton’s talent and potential, despite playing in a Tebow-style one-read-and-run shotgun spread offense at Auburn.  The question, as NFL Network’s Mike Mayock explained it last month during a visit to PFT Live, is whether a team is comfortable with Cam Newton the person.

Moon thinks that the Panthers are.

“The Panthers had a great meeting with him over dinner that night,” Moon told Corbett.  “I think they came away very impressed with the kid. It’s just a matter of whether they want to go defense or offense.  If they go quarterback, it’ll be Cam.”

The Panthers will continue their due diligence this week.  Agent Bus Cook told Corbett that Newton will visit the Panthers on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

In past years, the Panthers could have begun negotiations with Newton and other players in an effort to get the first pick under contract before selecting him.  Thanks to the lockout, the Panthers won’t have that luxury.

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26 Responses to “Moon thinks Panthers are sold on Cam Newton”
  1. EJ says: Apr 5, 2011 7:34 AM

    But no one has denied Newton’s talent and potential, despite playing in a Tebow-style one-read-and-run shotgun spread offense at Auburn.

    So why did everybody deny that Tim Tebow could make it as a starter? Tebow has as much if not more talent that Cam Newton.

  2. boknowsvt says: Apr 5, 2011 7:34 AM

    When did Warren Moon become Cam Newton’s spokesperson?

  3. mightymightylafootball says: Apr 5, 2011 7:36 AM

    Ron Rivera is “over the moon” with Cam…

    Sorry, sorry. Couldn’t help the 7:30am uber-cheesy one liner….

  4. blackqbwhiterb says: Apr 5, 2011 7:41 AM

    I hope they do pick him…so my team’s owner, Danny, doesn’t have the chance to be stupid enough to pick him…….

  5. chapnastier says: Apr 5, 2011 7:47 AM

    Why don’t the Panthers have the ability to negotiate with Newton or anyone else they may take with the #1 pick? A drafted player is not a union member since the union no longer exists. Shouldn’t NFL teams be able to negotiate with any player that they want to?

  6. duanethomas says: Apr 5, 2011 7:55 AM

    “Sold on Cam Newton”…word choice. Some player is going to see that and cry slavery… :)

  7. usa98j30t4 says: Apr 5, 2011 7:56 AM

    For some reason my comment has been removed.

    Alright, I’ll be PC.

    Feel better now Warren?

  8. paulsmith107 says: Apr 5, 2011 7:59 AM

    Warren Moon used to be my favorite player. I just can’t respect somebody who uses the race card in 2011. no body gives a crap cam newton is black. they do care that this guy has a checkered past has only played one year of football and doesn’t practice hard or show up on time. All the characteristics of a flop everything tebow isn’t. Maybe Mr moon faced racist thinking when he came to the pros but now it’s more about winning not missing and setting you franchise back 6 years by drafting a turd which is what is gonna happen to any team in the top 10 who takes this guy. Already has the ego the size of Texas imagine putting him on a team that sucks and sayin ing you are our future ha ha ha

  9. skoobyfl says: Apr 5, 2011 8:03 AM

    What rock did he crawl out from under ?

  10. stinkfingers says: Apr 5, 2011 8:07 AM

    Moon also thinks that if the Panthers aren’t sold on Cam Newton, they must be racists.

  11. broncobourque says: Apr 5, 2011 8:13 AM

    While it is true the Panthers can’t negotiate with Newton, they won’t really need to if the rookie scale goes into affect as expected.

  12. lgbarn says: Apr 5, 2011 8:18 AM

    EJ says:
    Apr 5, 2011 7:34 AM

    So why did everybody deny that Tim Tebow could make it as a starter? Tebow has as much if not more talent that Cam Newton.

    ————————————————-

    Sorry…I love what Tebow stands for and would actually want my kid to look up to him, unlike other pro athletes, but he is not more talented than Cam Newton. Now if we could roll Tim Tebow’s character into Cam Newton, we wouldn’t even be having this discussion.

  13. emperor83 says: Apr 5, 2011 8:20 AM

    usa98j30t4 says: Apr 5, 2011 7:56 AM

    For some reason my comment has been removed.

    Alright, I’ll be PC.

    Feel better now Warren?
    ____________________________________

    It’s been happening to me alot. I’m not vulgar or disrespectful or anything. I think it has to do with me outing PFT as biased…

  14. patfic15 says: Apr 5, 2011 8:28 AM

    What does Frank Reich think? I prefer the opinions of winners.

  15. dspyank2k11 says: Apr 5, 2011 8:38 AM

    Warren felt alone and sad, hes dusting himself off.

    Maybe he will come out of retirement?

    Zona picks him up maybe?

  16. jackhall00 says: Apr 5, 2011 8:39 AM

    Warren, go back to Canada and stop trying to leech off Cam.

  17. snowpea84 says: Apr 5, 2011 8:41 AM

    The most important thing about a qb is, and always has been, decision making.
    All this stuff about throwing motions or athleticism or anything else takes a back seat to that. Obviously, if you can’t throw the ball 20 yards you can’t be a qb, but I’ll take the guy who can read a defense and has decent arm strength any day over the guy with all the physical ability but no idea what the defense is doing.
    That being said, maybe Newton can read a defense, and that would make for a terrifying combination. The problem with these one read and run guys is that you really have absolutely no clue if they have the most important skill a qb can have, and most times they don’t have it.

  18. dspyank2k11 says: Apr 5, 2011 8:42 AM

    on a serious note and along the lines of what blackqbwhiterb said:

    That means the Bills will have a good shot at something they need rather than a “luxury” pick.

  19. goodguyjohn says: Apr 5, 2011 8:48 AM

    A man convicted of physical abuse towards his wife speaking on behalf of a kid who is embroiled in a pay-for-play controversy who also has honesty issues let alone a questionable work ethic.

    Hmmmm. This should end well

  20. grantgoodman93 says: Apr 5, 2011 8:49 AM

    This is like something you do in madden. You pick the Panthers cause they have cool jerseys then trade for a QB who can run but sucks. I’ve done this with Vince Young before Hahahah

  21. nicksabansanahole says: Apr 5, 2011 9:13 AM

    Do the rest of the league a favor and draft him, please. I hope he is the next Jamarcus Russell. Jerry Richardson is a jerk and he deserves it.

  22. CKL says: Apr 5, 2011 9:22 AM

    goodguyjohn says: Apr 5, 2011 8:48 AM

    A man convicted of physical abuse towards his wife speaking on behalf of a kid who is embroiled in a pay-for-play controversy who also has honesty issues let alone a questionable work ethic.
    _________________________________
    And the cherry on top of that sundae is he has Bus Cook for an agent. Ole Bus knows a turd when he sees one. That’s pretty much all he represents.

  23. ijr213 says: Apr 5, 2011 9:24 AM

    Since when do project players get drafted first overall?

  24. 11inthebox says: Apr 5, 2011 10:08 AM

    Wow. The words “Warren Moon” have replaced the “Rooney Rule” as raw meat …for the haters.

  25. caseyinkc says: Apr 5, 2011 10:12 AM

    Cam Newton thinks Panthers are sold on the Moon

  26. usmutts says: Apr 5, 2011 10:40 AM

    To take Moon’s race comments to their logical conclusion: If it’s ok for Moon to say that negative statements about Newton perhaps not being likely to succeed at the pro level are because he’s black, then when he does fail at the pro level will it be ok to say it’s because he’s black?

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