Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was not happy after Sunday’s game, saying he’s repeatedly taking illegal hits and the league isn’t doing anything to stop it. But after talking to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Newton feels a little better about the situation.
Newton told reporters he had a “great discussion” with Goodell on Tuesday and feels good about the possibility that referees will keep a closer eye on him while he’s passing to make sure opposing players aren’t getting away with roughing him, as Arizona’s Calais Campbell did on Sunday.
“I got my point across, he got his point across,” Newton said. “We’ll see Sunday and moving forward.”
Newton said he realizes that when he runs, opposing players are allowed to hit him like he’s a running back. But he believes that he’s not getting the same protection as other quarterbacks when he’s throwing.
“In the pocket, that’s all I’m asking for,” Newton said.
All eyes will be on Newton on Sunday, when we see whether the officials give him more protection than he got last week.