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Cam says his wide receivers have proven people wrong

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 02:  Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panther addresses the media prior to Super Bowl 50 at the San Jose Convention Center/ San Jose Marriott on February 2, 2016 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Getty Images

Heading into this season, wide receiver was supposed to be a huge problem for the Panthers. With 2014’s top wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, out for 2015, the Panthers’ passing game was in trouble.

Now that the Panthers are in the Super Bowl with that supposedly third-rate receiving corps, Cam Newton is taking delight in seeing those receivers prove people wrong. On Tuesday, Newton detailed all the things he heard about his receivers before the season started.

“Those guys have been playing lights out since day one, to say the least, from Ted Ginn, who was a bust for so many people. I heard Jerricho Cotchery was washed up 10 years ago, Philly Brown had no hands, Devin Funchess was too high of a pick for the Carolina Panthers, Brenton Bersin, who knows who he is, and just things of that sort. But for us, we didn’t let anyone else dictate to us that we knew what we were capable of. It’s a very close-knit group and guys selling out for each other,” Newton said.

The improvement in the Panthers’ passing game despite the loss of Benjamin is mostly a credit to Newton. But it’s also a credit to the Panthers’ receiving corps, which showed that it has a lot more talent than anyone thought.

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56 Responses to “Cam says his wide receivers have proven people wrong”
  1. mikermiker says: Feb 3, 2016 6:44 AM

    Its incredible how Cam was able to take a real group of nobodies and make them better. These receivers are pretty much retreads that somehow he made fit together.

    Notice how the Pats had a receiving group that was at least 10 times better and Brady couldn’t lift them up to beat the lowly Broncos. What a shame.

  2. jr4real says: Feb 3, 2016 7:12 AM

    Cam doesn’t spend much time in reality. The Steelers tried to sign Cotchery but he decided to leave. Maybe he’s right on Ginn who I’m happy he’s playing so well. The other guys are decent.

  3. qdog112 says: Feb 3, 2016 7:25 AM

    First off, imagine if he had a real WR1 and WR2. Cam has made this receiver corp, as they either caught his passes or had to have the ball surgically removed from their chest.

    Benjamin’s absence proves that he was not great, but can be good if he devotes himself to conditioning and hard work. (the Super Bowl run sent him a message)

    I would be remiss, if along with Cam and the receivers themselves, I didn’t give much of the credit to WR coach, Ricky Proehl.

  4. dreadnok89 says: Feb 3, 2016 7:26 AM

    Or the secondaries you face are trash? Your whole division is garbage and then you get to play the nfc east which is horrendous. The only throws cam makes are deep wide open guys. The broncos secondary is no joke.

  5. jacind22 says: Feb 3, 2016 7:48 AM

    It is all Cam. He can throw with the best of them and he is starting to get recognition for it.

  6. robaloconmosca says: Feb 3, 2016 7:49 AM

    They also have one hell of a WR coach in Ricky Proehl. Keep Pounding!

  7. hallofchad says: Feb 3, 2016 7:56 AM

    Everyone but “Jamie Dukes”

    He’s holding on to his failed evaluations thats been proven wrong OVER AND OVER AND OVER !!

  8. mj2sexay says: Feb 3, 2016 8:17 AM

    Letting go of J-Co was easily Tannenbaums worst move as GM of the Jets, and that’s including handing Sanchez millions for nothing.

    From every true Jet fan, congratulations Cotch. Class act all the way, and the very definition of clutch player and great teammate.

  9. Seprix says: Feb 3, 2016 8:20 AM

    Everyone has to admit, no one expected the Panthers to get this far, all due to the WRs. I certainly didn’t. Cam Newton is playing at a crazy level.

  10. bonniebengal says: Feb 3, 2016 8:26 AM

    I think if Cam had an AJ Green or Julio Jones type talent to throw to he’d be unstoppable.

  11. crush22 says: Feb 3, 2016 8:42 AM

    Cam is a turd.

  12. couchbasher says: Feb 3, 2016 8:52 AM

    Guess they really didn’t need Steve Smith Sr after all….

  13. savethebs says: Feb 3, 2016 8:57 AM

    I still don’t think they’re that good. Cam has been pretty awesome this year but his completion % still isn’t that impressive. Because he is such a threat to run, along with arguably the #2 TE in football, the pressure on his WRs has been reduced. Ginn has always been pretty good in all areas except actually making the catch. He has been doing that this year with more consistency. So it’s kind of all come together for them. If they had KB back they’d be nasty. That defense is somehow underrated as well. Don’t give me that weak schedule non-sense. Every team had a weak schedule this year. The league sucks outside of 4-5 teams. They went 15-1 while no other team won more than 12 games.

  14. jjackwagon says: Feb 3, 2016 8:57 AM

    And now they get to feast on the over-rated Broncos D, who had an easy route to the SB and still almost blew it.

  15. headwoundharry says: Feb 3, 2016 8:58 AM

    Camera claims to be greater than LeBron James. Wow! What a classless, arrogant, self-serving punk. And you wonder why America hates him?
    ___________________________________
    “Newton is the most valuable player in the NFL. He’s brash. He’s fun. He’s arrogant. Asked to compare himself to Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, the 26-year-old Carolina quarterback said, “Why can’t LeBron be the Cam Newton of power forwards?”

  16. dualprime says: Feb 3, 2016 8:59 AM

    This is a compliment. Cam reminds me very much of Elway in his prime. Cannon arm and legs that can keep plays alive. Cam is a better runner and athlete but Elway read defenses better (probably from being raised by a coach). And remember, Elway played with average receivers too.

    Cam could be terrorizing the NFL for a long time.

  17. spartyistheclassofthenationinfootballandbasketball says: Feb 3, 2016 8:59 AM

    Funchess was picked WAY before he should have been. I’ve never seen someone drop so many balls in college

  18. randomguy9999 says: Feb 3, 2016 9:05 AM

    yeah, totally disagree with the article and comments.

    I don’t believe that Cam is this glowing halo of light that is responsible for these WRs excelling at their job this year.

    The reason they have turned it around is largely due to their own efforts and not simply because the all powerful Cam is the last one to touch the ball before they did.

    The gushing, ridiculous Cam worship by the press and Carolina fans has now become full frontal crazy.

    Cam isn’t God. He’s a 5th year QB with great talent but the practice of rah rahing the crowd instead of doing his job when the D is on the field and very nearly losing a number of games in the 4th Q where they were ahead by 4 scores

    Experience and work ethic will edge out high school dance routines.

    Broncs by 5.

  19. godfatherd says: Feb 3, 2016 9:09 AM

    Not really, Tedd ginn is exactly what everyone thought he was. He scores TDs, but will drop big plays too. Cotchrey and Avant are possession recievers. Olson has always been good, and Funchess is a big body with suspect hands. Please tell me which of these guys outperformed their roll? The best argument is Ginn, and he benefits a ton from Cam having a huge arm.

  20. sb44champs says: Feb 3, 2016 9:14 AM

    No, its called the gimmicky read-option with the QB a threat to run on every play… Just imagine if Brady or Brees actually were a threat to run every play it wouldn’t even be close… Blowouts every game…. TRUTH

  21. 23rdusernameused says: Feb 3, 2016 9:15 AM

    I admit I am surprised Ginn learned how to catch, after ALL these years in the league!

  22. sb44champs says: Feb 3, 2016 9:17 AM

    Notice how the Pats had a receiving group that was at least 10 times better and Brady couldn’t lift them up to beat the lowly Broncos. What a shame.
    =========================
    Cam runs a gimmicky style, read-option offense that’s why he gets away with having sub-par WRs

  23. daramsman says: Feb 3, 2016 9:20 AM

    Being a “St. Louis” Rams fan. Ricky Proehl has great pedigree. People do not understand the depth of his role with the greatest show on turf. The guy played with a lot of potential HOFers. Bur he was pretty pretty good in his own right. He will be a head-coach one day.

  24. tindeaux says: Feb 3, 2016 9:21 AM

    nah, people were right. the pink panthers are going to choke this sunday!

  25. tajuara says: Feb 3, 2016 9:25 AM

    Its incredible how Cam was able to take a real group of nobodies and make them better. These receivers are pretty much retreads that somehow he made fit together.

    Notice how the Pats had a receiving group that was at least 10 times better and Brady couldn’t lift them up to beat the lowly Broncos. What a shame.

    —————————————————–

    Each WR that enter the league is essentially a nobody (including first round picks like Justin Blackmoon) and a good QB transform them into elite WRs. Brady has a better receiving corpse because he developed his recivers to fit his system.

  26. chipper41 says: Feb 3, 2016 9:26 AM

    Cam doesn’t need Julio or AJ. The Seahawks thought Russell needed graham but Russell really flourished after jimmy went down. There is nobody on the panthers that has to get the ball in order to make the offense work. They take what’s given to them. That said the Denver d is no slouch. Will be a close game unless the forehead throws up on himself in his final game

  27. raidernation37 says: Feb 3, 2016 9:52 AM

    Idk what the heck you guys are talking about. Cotchery has always been a decent receiver. Ginn has always been an inconsistent receiver throughout his college and pro career and it wouldn’t shock me to see him disappear on Sunday. Funchess is a rookie who will be solid in the league for years to come because he’s a bit of a match up problem. This article makes it out to be scam is playing with two guys off the street at wideout and the hot dog vendor is playing the slot. Smh

  28. elimanningup says: Feb 3, 2016 10:00 AM

    The interior of the Carolina OL (Norwell-Kalil-Turner) gives Cam a clean pocket and plenty of time to sit in the pocket and wait for receivers to get open.

  29. dreadnok89 says: Feb 3, 2016 10:02 AM

    just about every year in nfl for this guy was trash till this year. Td and int were always bad and so was his completion percentage. Then he gets to play historically bad division oppenentsand now hes the best qb ever? Stop the madness lets see how he does against the broncos crazy secondary first

  30. 87hollywoodhorn says: Feb 3, 2016 10:08 AM

    i wish stephen hill wouldve worked out for them smh.

    so much talent

  31. randomguy9999 says: Feb 3, 2016 10:16 AM

    and the Cam worship continues……. bleh… those WRs and their hard work are 90% of the reason for the turnaround and crediting Cam for all of it is absurd

    Broncs by 5

  32. corkspop says: Feb 3, 2016 10:49 AM

    I was always comfortable with this group of WR’s after Benjamin went down for the year. They aren’t nobodys and retreads. The numbers don’t look red hot because the ball gets spread around, and, the running game rules. Cotchery has been clutch and Ginn is everything that Miami drafted him to be.

  33. fringetastic says: Feb 3, 2016 10:50 AM

    Huh, no mention of the coaches at all…

  34. wembelievable says: Feb 3, 2016 11:02 AM

    So many haters, it’s the same people every year that always make excuses as to why “such and such isn’t really that good” or “they had a weak schedule.” Face it, the Panthers won 15 games, that doesn’t happen by accident or on a fluke. Cam has developed into an excellent QB and anyone who can’t see that is in denial.

  35. ajames35 says: Feb 3, 2016 11:06 AM

    To be fair, Ted Ginn WAS “a bust for so many people”. Three different teams actually.

    But he’s been good for the Panthers – and that’s all that matters now.

  36. djvh2 says: Feb 3, 2016 11:10 AM

    As a Packers fan, I can sure appreciate the Carolina lost their top WR and found a way to make it work. They were 15-1 and with a great offense. Packers coaches (McCarthy) lost Jordy Nelson and never adapted, even though the Packers had the best QB in the NFL.

  37. peopletrains says: Feb 3, 2016 11:15 AM

    Carolina played garbage secondaries all year. Cam is going to have trouble finding open receivers against Denver. Broncos safeties are also physical enough to handle Greg Olsen.

    If Manning doesn’t turn the ball over, Broncos win.

  38. robaloconmosca says: Feb 3, 2016 11:17 AM

    godfatherd says:
    Feb 3, 2016 9:09 AM

    Not really, Tedd ginn is exactly what everyone thought he was. He scores TDs, but will drop big plays too. Cotchrey and Avant are possession recievers.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Um, Avant was not on the roster this year.

  39. ajames35 says: Feb 3, 2016 11:21 AM

    All the hate is amusing.

    His INT rate has been higher than you’d prefer, but otherwise Cam has been pretty good. Set multiple rookie records, playoffs in 3 straight years, and pass+rush TD #s have been good. Plus numerous 4th qtr comebacks.

    Could his completion percent be higher? Sure, but anyone looking only at raw numbers doesn’t truly understand football. That’s heavily influenced by offensive system. Panthers typically employ a rush offense with medium/deep shots peppered in, which will always result in a lower compl rate – see Joe Flacco for comparison. Many teams, like the Giants and Pats, feature a short passing game, which naturally results in higher comp rates. Understand football before sharing garbage “hot takes.”

  40. igotgamenj says: Feb 3, 2016 11:23 AM

    Key on Cam shut down his running attack and ability to take off out of the pocket, let him beat you throwing the ball not with his feet. Other then Greg Olsen WR’s don’t scare anyone.

  41. leatherface2012 says: Feb 3, 2016 11:25 AM

    so, is Rodgers playing for all the marbles sunday?

  42. granadafan says: Feb 3, 2016 11:27 AM

    OK, I’ll admit I was skeptical but am damned impressed at the season the whole team had. Lots of credit goes to Cam for maturing to become a leader on the team. The WR coach also deserves a massive raise and promotion.

    Good luck, Carolina.

  43. christianholzman says: Feb 3, 2016 11:28 AM

    Yeah Tom Brady has been making something out of nothing with his receivers for a while now.

  44. liftheavyorliftheavy says: Feb 3, 2016 11:30 AM

    So many negative comments about Newton. Go back to his statement (and Moon’s follow-up) and reevaluate.

  45. ajames35 says: Feb 3, 2016 11:31 AM

    “Carolina played garbage secondaries all year. Cam is going to have trouble finding open receivers against Denver.”
    ________________________

    CAR faced 6 of the top 10 defenses in passing yards/game allowed (SEAx2, HOU, DAL, GB, TEN, ARI). 7-0 in those games. DEN ranks #1, and Cam may indeed have trouble, but let’s not pretend CAR hasn’t faced any decent defenses.

  46. igotgamenj says: Feb 3, 2016 11:34 AM

    Panthers: Passing Yards, Points per Game ,Adj NEP/P
    Less than 125 Rushing Yards 217.5 20.5 0.04
    Over 125 Rushing Yards 215.7 31.2 0.08

  47. Panthers5958 says: Feb 3, 2016 11:47 AM

    People saying the Panthers run a read option O. must just watch highlights and not the actual game. Yeah Cams first couple of years it was read option heavy but the past two years the read option plays have decreased. People then say Cam comp. % is not that good, take away half the drop passed by the receivers his % would be six or seven points higher on top of that he probably would of hit the 40 TD passing mark. Next they say the receivers will be shut down by the Broncos, the one thing about theis group is when a defense takes out the hot hand another one steps up. I’m giving the edge in the game to the Panthers due to its D. vs their O. Panthers O will score points . 31-20 Panthers.

  48. adelphos33 says: Feb 3, 2016 12:20 PM

    I never understood the “gimmicky” insult. An offense that property utilizes the skills and talents of the personnel available is a gimmick? Sounds smart to me.

  49. psuorioles says: Feb 3, 2016 1:26 PM

    How could you not love playing with this guy… he is sticking up for his guys and now they will only play harder for him.

  50. sb44champs says: Feb 3, 2016 1:27 PM

    I never understood the “gimmicky” insult. An offense that property utilizes the skills and talents of the personnel available is a gimmick? Sounds smart to me.
    =============================
    The read option and the threat of a running QB let’s unintelligent QBs like Scam thrive in the NFL. If Scam had to sit back and actually read defenses on a consistent basis like the all time greats (Brady, Brees) then he wouldn’t even sniff the playoffs…….TRUTH

  51. notsoniceguyeddie says: Feb 3, 2016 1:33 PM

    I find it funny that most of the people (outside of maybe GB and NE fans) hating on Cam would LOVE to have him on their team.
    And calling the Panthers offense a gimmick is stupid. You call plays that best fits your personel. See Chip Kelly as an example of what happens when you don’t.
    Cam will win his first Super Bowl and first league MVP this year.

  52. sb44champs says: Feb 3, 2016 1:58 PM

    …if Scam and the Panthers don’t win this Sunday against a ferocious pass rush and a stingy secondary the season will be considered a failure lol

  53. jgedgar70 says: Feb 3, 2016 2:41 PM

    Y’all need to relax.

    The point of this post was that most people had low expectations for the Panthers this year because the only WR that had any respect was out with an injury, and the QB says everyone was wrong. That is true. Most people did think Cotchery was washed up, and thought Funchess was drafted too high. Philly Brown was an undrafted free agent. (Of course, so was Rod Smith, right Broncos fans?)

    While the last sentence of the post is just the writer’s opinion (more credit needs to go to Shula, Dorsey and Proehl for their job coaching Cam & the WRs), it is true that Cam has elevated the play of those around him, much like all the other elite QBs do.

  54. TheDPR says: Feb 3, 2016 3:06 PM

    They are who we thought they were.

    Ginn drops as many as he catches but he’s incredibly fast. Cotchery is incredibly slow but a great leader with very good hands. Olsen is money. Brown is a younger Ginn with slightly better hands. Funchess is a rookie with some raw ability.

    That’s who they are and that’s how they play. The key for the Panthers is that the coaches are aware of their strengths and limitations and use them intelligently, just like they do with Newton and the running game and the defense, etc. They play within themselves so they’re comfortable and confident, and that means a lot to an athlete.

    They’re a very solid team and they belong where they are.
    (this coming from a guy who thinks Cam’s a goof; you have to respect what they’ve done this season)

  55. jeffattpw says: Feb 3, 2016 8:52 PM

    The WRs are all role players who do certain things well and certain things poorly. Some are fast. Some are big. Some have great hands. Some (most – Proehl is the WR coach, after all) run exceptional routes.

    No one player does it all, but Shula has done an exceptional job maximizing their talents and minimizing their liabilities. Cam has done a great job passing. The OL has done a superb job with pass protection. The WRs have done great work getting open despite their drawbacks. Team effort.

  56. swaz22 says: Feb 3, 2016 11:38 PM

    I hope Ware and Miller break this punk in half.

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