By all accounts, No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton has kept his priorities in order since getting drafted. He’s been living in Bradenton, Florida at the IMG Academies working on his game and not doing much else.
The director of the facility also notes Newton is doing it mostly by himself.
“We’ve been with him for four months. The only people that have been around him are his family. They mean a lot to him,” Trevor Moawad told the Charlotte Observer.
Newton has been living there with his father and two brothers. There hasn’t been any entourage to speak of. To hear Newton tell it, there isn’t really any way to get off course in a sleepy community.
“You’re down here and it’s like 485 acres of just straight work, basically,” Newton said. “You’ve got three football fields you can pick from. You’ve got every opportunity to be successful. . . . You don’t have any media out here to critique everything you do: ‘Look, Cam’s going to get lunch. Look, he ate a Honey Bun today.”
We have our doubts that any rookie quarterback in this class can be truly successful this year, but Newton easily has the best chance.
He has the most talent and a game that’s hard to prepare for. He’s also seems to be taking the right approach this offseason.